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Iranian leader urges nation for mass turnout in parliamentary elections

(Xinhua)

08:09, March 01, 2012

TEHRAN, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday called on Iranian nation for mass turnout in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Highlighting the significance of a large voter turnout in the parliamentary elections, the Iranian leader said that the Iranian nation will display their firm determination to enemies of the country, the local satellite Press TV reported on Wednesday.

Khamenei said the upcoming parliamentary elections would be another blow to the country's enemies, said the report.

In Friday's elections, Iran will serve another blow to the hegemonic powers, which would be even harder than that delivered on Feb. 11 during rallies marking the anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Khamenei said in an address to a crowd of visiting people in Tehran.

On Feb. 11, hundreds of thousands of Iranians celebrated the anniversary of the Islamic revolution by chanting slogans against the United States and Israel.

Iranian voters will demonstrate their determination and will power to enemies so that hegemonic powers would realize that they are doomed to failure in their efforts against the Iranian nation, Khamenei was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Khamenei said that Friday's vote will be much more important than previous elections as enemies have invested all their remaining energy in the parliamentary elections.

In January, Khamenei asked the Iranian people to actively participate in the parliamentary elections slated for March 2, 2012, and said that the enemies of the country are trying to discourage people from taking part in the elections.

According to Press TV, over 48 million Iranian voters are eligible to cast their ballots and more than 3,400 candidates are competing for the 290 seats in the Iranian Majlis (parliament).

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