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Khamenei tells Iranians voter turnout a religious duty

Iran’s supreme leader has called on the nation to vote in the Feb. 21 general elections to serve both their country and their religion.

Three days before Iran’s parliamentary elections, the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei renewed his call on the nation for a show of support to the clerical establishment. Khamenei told Iranians again in a Feb. 18 speech in Tehran that voting was not just a national responsibility but a religious duty as well.

“America” and “the enemy,” recurrent motifs in Khamenei’s speeches, were central to his latest address at yet another “critical time” for Iran. “The polls will defuse the US’ evil intentions,” he told the crowd, describing a large turnout as a sign that Washington’s pressure campaign against Tehran has not worked. “A weak parliament will adversely change the course of Iran’s fight against the enemies,” he added in an attempt to convince Iranians that their security depends on their participation in the vote. 

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