Iran’s Guardian Council said on Friday it would soon announce a review of candidates excluded from this month’s presidential elections after the intervention of “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei.
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And he added – in a tweet to him on Twitter – “The Supreme Leader’s orders are the final word, and his judgment should be obeyed, and the Guardian Council will announce its opinion soon, while recognizing that it is not immune to error.”
And Khamenei had confirmed hours ago – in a speech – that some people who applied for their candidacy for the elections were subjected to unfairness and injustice during the stage of confirming their eligibility.
He added that they or their families were accused, and these accusations are baseless and far from the truth, noting that the decision against them was based on reports that proved to be false and inaccurate.
Khamenei stressed that he is asking the relevant agencies to rehabilitate those who have been wronged based on reports that have proven to be unrealistic and untrue, and that it is necessary to compensate them for that.
Boycotting elections in favor of “enemies”
In a related context, the Iranian guide said – today, Friday – that not voting in the presidential elections on June 18 means achieving the will of the “enemies of Islam”, while many officials are concerned about a record abstention in the polls.
Khamenei said – in a speech broadcast on state television – “Some want to give up and give up the duty to participate in the elections under absurd pretexts. It is the will of the enemies; the enemies of Iran, the enemies of Islam and the enemies of religious democracy.”
The guide quoted the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini, as saying that “abstaining from elections in certain periods can be a sin and one of the worst sins.”
On May 27, Khamenei called on his citizens not to respond to calls to boycott the polls.
Iranians were called to vote on June 18 to elect a new president, to replace current President Hassan Rouhani, whose policy of openness faltered with the withdrawal of the United States in 2018 from the Iranian nuclear agreement reached three years earlier in Vienna.