Iranians must have right to choose at polls: Rouhani
Tehran, Iran - Iranians must have the ‘right to choose’ between different political movements, President Hassan Rouhani said, as controversy grows over the disqualification of thousands of candidates in upcoming polls.
Speaking at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during annual celebrations of the 1979 revolution, Rouhani, a moderate conservative, praised the political heritage of the Islamic republic’s founder. “The imam (Khomeini) insisted on the fact that people must participate in all elections and have the right to choose,” Rouhani said. “Whoever prevents people from choosing, and does not allow them to choose between different (political) tendencies, and whoever discourages people from going to the polls, is certainly far from the approach of the imam,” he added.