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Leader's speech on presidential election

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Leader has warned against any attempt to disrupt security during the May 19th presidential election.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei was addressing a ceremony for cadets at a military academy in Tehran. He says anyone who acts against national security during the voting will be dealt with seriously. He also urged compliance with the law. The Leader noted the voting will be to the country's detriment if tainted with unethical behavior, breach of law and words that would please the enemy. The Leader urged the candidates to express clearly that they are standing up to Washington’s acquisitiveness and Zionists’ wickedness. Ayatollah Khamenei also highlighted Iran’s success in maintaining security at home.

The Leader says the enemies' short-term objective is to undermine security and trigger chaos and sedition in the country. Their mid-term objective is to target Iran’s economy. He noted that the enemies have plotted to keep production low and increase unemployment in Iran to disappoint the people. The Leader added they also pursue a long-term objective, that is to change the Islamic establishment in Iran. Ayatollah Khamenei urged the nation to stand ready to thwart the conspiracies.

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President Hassan Rouhani has called for efforts to maximize voter turnout in the May 19 elections. Rouhani says taking part in the elections enhances hope and national esteem and symbolizes power in the Islamic Republic. The Iranian president was addressing parliamentarians who had gathered in the capital Tehran to express support for him. Rouhani criticized some of his rivals promising to triple monthly cash subsidies, saying such a measure would increase the inflation rate greatly. He also recounted many of his administration’s achievements in different sectors including foreign policy, economy, and agriculture.

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Iran's first vice-president Es’haq Jahangiri has slammed the US for putting obstacles in the way of full implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1. Jahangiri said he believes the other signatories of the Iran nuclear deal including China and Russia will not allow the US to solely disrupt the accord. However, he said the Trump administration’s anti-Iran posture threatens to undermine Iran's reconnection with the world. Jahangiri who is running for president, further defended the Rouhani administration’s measures including its move to strike the nuclear agreement. he expressed confidence that Iranians will vote for the sitting government to continue its work. Jahangiri blamed an economic downturn on both western sanctions and mismanagement of the previous administration.

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