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Khamenei urges Iranians to participate en masse in elections   

Kuwait News Agency - 19 May, 2017

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Friday called on Iranians to turn out in big numbers, saying the nation and Islamic establishments are the true winners of the vote no matter which candidate emerges victorious.

Khamenei speaking after casting his vote saidآ "our people are thankful for this blessing.

You see they are participating and my advice is that more and more people participate and come to the polls at the earliest time possible." Ayatollah Khameneiآ described the 2017 elections as very important, saying the destiny of the country is in the hands of the masses.

"I believe a good work should be done in early hours and should not be delayed. I also believe the presidential election is very important," the top leader said.

"The destiny of the country is in the hands of the people who choose the chief executive. They should heed the importance of this task," Ayatollah Khamanei added.

Besides picking a president, Iranians are also votingآ to choose members of the countryآ’s City and Village Councils.

The City and Village Councils Electionآ is also important as it elects those who are in charge of urban and rural services, namely the everyday issues involving the people, the Khamenei said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casted his vote early today, seeking to serve for another four years in the leading post.

Rouhani in press statement said an active participation by the Iranians will boost National capacity and security.

Rouhani has been campaigning on the platform of an active foreign policy meant to enhance international relations, while his top foe, Ebrahim Raisi, has vowed a strong economic management towards the elimination of poverty and unemployment.

This yearآ’s presidential race also features two low-key contenders -آ former deputy judiciary chief andآ member of Iranآ’s Expediency Council Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and former vice president, Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

Two more consequential candidates,آ Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Vice President Isآ’haq Jahangiri, dropped out in the final days of campaigning in favor of Raisi and Rouhani respectively. The electorate is estimated at 56 million nationals, who live in and outside Iran, including 1.350 million who will vote for the first time, having reached the legal age to cast the ballot.
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