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Iran's President marks 25th anniversary of Islamic Revolution victory

President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in a landmark speech to millions of people taking part in a massive march in Tehran, IRNA reported.

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President Khatami joined the ralliers on Mohammad Ali Jenah highway and walked toward Azadi square to deliver his ground-breaking speech on the 25th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Dozens of Iranian and foreign reporters welcomed his presence among the people and started making reports and taking photos of the event.

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Groups of people kept moving toward Azadi square from various routes to attend the ceremony.

President Khatami in his speech called for properly organizing the seventh round of parliamentary elections as the Iranian nation has decided to pursue the path of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.

The officials should keep their promise to render services to the Iranian people as the late Imam had asked them to do so.

The officials should consider the fact that any undue pressure would undermine the fundamental principles of the Islamic Revolution, Khatami noted to cheering crowds of people.

The Iranian Islamic Revolution has been the continuation of about 100 years of struggles for the sake of religion and freedom in Iran, he said.

In his address on jubilation of the 25th anniversary of the victory of Islamic Revolution at Tehran Azadi square, President Khatami said that elections symbolize democracy.

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He added that if the elections are held properly and once the people realize that the law and the ruling Islamic system provide for freedom to vote and to be elected, then officials have performed their duties and rendered their services to the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader.

The president added if too much pressure is exerted on the people, both the nation and the system would be oppressed and great loss would be incurred.

He reiterated that the nation is firmly determined to continue the way taken by the late Imam Khomeini.

According to our pledge to the Almighty and the people, we should accompany the public to this end, said the chief executive as he pledged to talk about the upcoming elections in a near future.

The advantage of the Islamic Revolution of Iran over other revolutions that have took place in the world is the unity in this great event.

The Islamic Revolution achieved victory in a time when the West leaders which claimed to be in favor of freedom have failed to restore full freedom and social justice in the western society.

He said the Western colonialist powers have presented a very ugly image of themselves beyond the national borders and have created much suffering for the world nations.

The Islamic Revolution of Iran took place in a crucial moment of history and in a time when the West and East deprived in the spiritual and moral values because they had been formed based the worldly and material patterns and principles, said the president.

The revolution in the Muslim world have always been based on the demands for strengthening the principles of justice, fairness and have been generally sparked by the anti-colonialism tendencies, said the president.

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The history has been witnessing the long struggles of the courageous Iranian people over the past one and half a century to reach freedom, gain independence and promote social justice and oppression by arrogant powers.

The constitutional movement of Iran had been in fact the first step in the Muslim World to contain despotism, to win independence and to move toward making up for the nation's backwardness.

He commented on the many achievements of the Islamic Revolution in economic, cultural, political, military and international areas and said despite the fact that the 1980-1989 Iraqi imposed war reated so many problems for the progress but the Islamic republic managed to gain a big victory during that period.

He vowed that he would continue his efforts to promote a democratic system in Iran based on the principles of Islamic religion.

He said those who believe they can ignore religion and spiritual values and take their patterns from the Western societies are wrong because the history of the West is well different from that of Iran.

The president concluded by saying that the dark past when despotic regimes ruled Iran would never come back again.

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