Nation's steadfastness accounts for its glory, success - Supreme Leader
Tehran, Feb 26, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei here on Tuesday said the Iranian nation's courage, steadfastness and constant presence on the scene accounted for the glory of the system, the country's progress in various spheres and its great success in the nuclear field.
Addressing members of the Assembly of Experts, the Supreme Leader said the upcoming 8th parliamentary election is an important issue which requires people's massive turnout and their correct choices that will bring prosperity, dignity and glory to the nation.
Referring to significant achievements of the Islamic system of government over the past 29 years, Ayatollah Khamenei cited Iran's peaceful nuclear activities in which the Iranian nation has scored great success and made remarkable progress.
"Those who used to call for suspension of Iran's nuclear activities now say they are ready to accept our progress provided that it will not continue indefinitely," said the Supreme Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei also praised the role of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to this end, adding that the seventh Majlis, unlike efforts by certain people in the previous term, insisted on the country's nuclear stand.
Vigilant presence of people and solidarity of officials in all issues would strengthen the Islamic system, said the Supreme Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the upcoming parliamentary election is regarded as a significant event in the country and praised the good performance of the seventh Majlis.
By the grace of God, people will turnout in large numbers in the elections to chose courageous and pious representatives who attach importance to the Islamic and revolutionary values and who can form a dynamic parliament to meet people's demands, he said.
The Islamic Revolution is unique in nature and is based on Islamic teachings and principles to serve the people from all walks of life, said the Supreme Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that Islamic criteria is different from global ones and therefore global criteria cannot be used as a yardstick for an Islamic system of government.
The Supreme Leader also advised all officials to administer economic justice in dealing with social affairs and live a simple life themselves.
On enemies' cultural inroads, the Supreme Leader said the enemies misuse cultural matters to affect political and economic issues and try to divide the country's political system into hardline and moderate through propaganda campaigns.
Prior to the Supreme Leader's remarks, chairman of Assembly of Experts Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani briefed Ayatollah Khamenei on the performance of the assembly.
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