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2/4/04

Iran's Supreme Leader: Election to be held without delay

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday stressed that the upcoming Majlis election will be held on February 20 without even one day delay, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Addressing a large group of people from all walks of life, the Supreme Leader said the election is a manifestation of freedom and people's will.

"The election is also a manifestation of presence and power of people in administering the country," Ayatollah Khamenei said adding that presence of people in the election will show that the nation is master of "government, Majlis and all officials".

Such an important move will safeguard the country and the system against conspiracies of enemies and will intimidate enemies of Islam and the Islamic Republic, the Supreme Leader reiterated.

Referring to people's support for the Islamic Republic as the main factor behind failure of enemies in the past 25 years, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Revolution and the Islamic system would not have survived even one year in the face of conspiracies of the hegemonic governments if elections and democracy had not existed in the country.

That is why today arrogant powers are frightened by presence of people in rallies marking the victory of the Islamic Revolution and massive turnout in the elections and mobilize all their potentials to prevent materialization of these two.

Iran's President in favor of holding election as scheduled: Speaker

Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi on Wednesday said President Mohammad Khatami is making efforts to pave the way for holding the upcoming Majlis election as scheduled, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Talking to reporters, he said currently the date for holding the parliamentary election is the same as formerly announced that is February 20.

On readiness of the executive officials for holding the Majlis election, Karroubi said lack of readiness of the executive officials is their own problem and that President Khatami is following the case to make preparations for holding the election on February 20.

On consultations made on the holding of the 7th Majlis election and settling the issue of disqualification of hopefuls, he termed the talks as positive.

If no probable obstacles be made on the way of settlement of the issues, the talks held on the issues will be satisfactory, he added.

On the date of approval of the next year budget bill, Karroubi said the bill will be approved by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, March 19.

He further predicted that the Guardian Council may find serious faults regarding several articles of the next year budget bill that will proceed the bill to the Expediency Council (EC).

Majlis election to be held on Feb 20: minister

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Wednesday that the 7th Majlis (Parliamentary) election would be held as scheduled on February 20.

Zanganeh, who is among members of the cabinet's special committee for talks with the Guardian Council to settle the issue of disqualification of hopefuls, made the remark in an interview with IRNA after the cabinet session.

"Our sessions with the Guardian Council bore no results but following agreements made, the 7th Majlis election will be held on the due time," Zanganeh said.

Asked whether he is optimistic on the qualification of nominees, the minister said, "Yes, I am. Everything will be determined soon."

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