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Leader: Lively turnout in election will strike blow to enemy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 9, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that lively turnout of the people in the upcoming election will strike another blow to the enemy.

The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with thousands of theologians and students of theological center of Qom to mark anniversary of the uprising in the holy city against the deposed shah in 1978.

The Supreme Leader said that all officials and candidates must respect their commitments to the law and prepare the ground for a healthy and competitive parliamentary election in March.

The Supreme Leader termed the uprising in Qom in 1978 as a turning point for the historical events worldwide.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that insight and patience were the key elements for victory of the Islamic Revolution and that two major factors guaranteed sustainable power of Iranian nation: Firm insistence of the Islamic Republic of Iran on its principles and the people's vigilance and presence on the scene.
The Supreme Leader said that thank God, the Islamic Republic of Iran is at the heights of glory citing examples from history of Islam and victories of Imam Ali (AS), the first Imam of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) Infallible Household in fighting the enemy – Badr and Kheibar.

The Supreme Leader dismissed the current sanctions on Iran comparing it to a boycott imposed on Infallible Household of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) after his appointment to prophethood She'b Abi-Taleb.

The Supreme Leader honored the uprising of the holy city of Qom and said that it gathered momentum for the popular movement in the suppressive security atmosphere created by the deposed regime.

'January 9 uprising in Qom was the beginning of other demonstrations in other cities which led to victory of the Islamic Revolution and broke the frightening image of the US and the Zionist regime and made the Iranian nation become a model for other nations and emergence of the Islamic Awakening movements in the region.

Elsewhere in his address, the Supreme Leader elaborated on the two elements of success of Iranian nation – patience and insight- saying that insight means not to lose the way and goal and not to be misled and patience means firm insistence on the path by the generations to come and it is the art of the Islamic Revolution that mobilized the people to keep up with the two factors.

The Supreme Leader said that the enemies led by the US and the Zionists have made every endeavor to undermine the two factors of insight and patience, but, thank God they will get nowhere as long as the nation stood firm.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30756797

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