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Khatami cautions against abuse of Constitution, religious values

President Mohammad Khatami, speaking in Karaj on Thursday, cautioned against abuse of revolutionary and Islamic values and Constitution for factional ends, calling for peaceful and tension-free coexistence, IRNA reported.

In his address to large groups of the locals, Khatami censured attempts to dishearten people, especially young generation, both inside and outside Iran, adding that all should try to strengthen hope and weaken pessimism and hopelessness.

Khatami also warned against imposing personal interests on the nation and forcing the public to follow them.

"We are not people's masters, rather, we are servants of the nation," said the president adding, "If the nation says we do not like (you), we will quit. A society should be so."

He said the country is today more than ever in need of peace and kindness. "Let's turn atmosphere of life into atmosphere of `longevity, brotherhood,' and `shoulds and should nots.'"

Khatami urged the nation to make the 7th parliamentary elections an epic by their massive turnout.

High public turnout in the elections looks into three main preconditions of high trust in the public, giving the people more freedom of choice, and assuring the nation that their votes are respected, said the president.

In any election, it should be the principle to take the public as religiously committed and faithful individuals with good will not as traitors and liars, who should be prevented, said Khatami.

He said it should be proved in practice that public votes are respected and all should try to materialize public wishes in society.

Shifting to economic predicaments, Khatami said his government has put on its agenda economic progress and campaign against price hike, inflation, and unemployment.

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