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Iran's Khamenei: Even if you don't approve of me come out and vote

By Rudaw 10/1/2016
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: AP
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: AP
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called upon all Iranians on Saturday, whether they approve of his rule or not, to turnout to vote for the upcoming elections next month. 

"As before, we insist everyone, even those who don't believe in the system and the leadership, come to the ballots, as the elections belongs to the nation, and the system," Khamenei said according to AFP. 

Iranians will vote on 290 lawmakers for the country's parliament (majlis) as well as select 88 members for the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body which will, after Khameini dies, be responsible for deciding who will be the next Supreme Leader, the most powerful man in Iran. 

"That day, when the current leader is not in this world, this committee should choose a leader who holds the key to the movement of this revolution," the incumbent Supreme Leader explained, "Depending on the composition of the assembly they may choose a leader that stands up to the enemy's attacks, trust in God and continue the path of Imam [Ruhollah Khomeini]."

Khamenei is known to have cancer, how serious or life-threatening it is however is not clear. He was the successor of the founder of the current Iranian regime, Ayatollah Khomeini passed away in 1989.

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Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 10/1/2016
If i am the only one who make rules and laws ,what is the point of voting ?if i am the only one who approve the candidates ,what is the point of voting?if i am the only Supreme power ,what is the point of voting ? if i am the only God ,no other God is allowed to talk ,what is the point of voting ? what a joke,Islam is? Democracy and Islam will never walk together ,impossible.
Forked tongue | 10/1/2016
Are there and Kurdish parties involved? There appears to be 4,000,000 Kurds or more in Iran out of a population of 75,000,000. This equates to 5% of the population and they have lived there for centuaries. Do they have a party that can represent them or do the Islamic Mullahs hold sway?
kurd | 10/1/2016
shame election. candidates are screened out in order to make sure they are supporters of the regime
Turkey = ISIS | 10/1/2016
The beginning to openning to Democracy
je | 13/1/2016
Yes. And when you come out to vote (that you don't approve of me), you will be marked for elimination and hung for display.

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