Ira­ni­ans must have right to choose at polls: Rouhani

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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