Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States wants Iran straying from the objectives of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and thus drawing closer to the US.
The Leader made the remark during a Monday meeting with Friday prayers leaders from all over Iran.
“The Americans, like us, seek transformation; but we want a transformation that would reduce the distance between the country and society [on the one side] and the goals of Islam and [the Islamic] Revolution [on the other]; and they (the Americans) are after distancing the society from the Revolution’s goals and drawing Iran closer to their own objectives – the exact opposite of the transformation that Iran has in mind,” the Leader said.
“To that end, the Americans have their eyes on the elections,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that, “However, the great and alert Iranian nation, whether in elections or in other issues, will act contrary to the objectives of the enemies,” the Leader said.
Iran will hold parliamentary elections on February 26. On the same day, the Iranian electorate will also participate in the fifth election for members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, a body that elects Iran’s Leader.
Members of the Assembly are elected every eight years. This will be the first time the two polls are held simultaneously.
Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has organized more than 30 votes at the national level.