Leader addresses nation in Friday prayers: Transcript
Sat, 20 Jun 2009
In this sermon, I call all the respected brothers and sisters who have attended the Friday prayers here to piety and I advise them against any wrongdoing.
In this sermon, I will address the issue of the election, which is a hot topic in our country.
I want to address three different groups on three different issues; firstly, I want to address the general public.
Secondly, I want to address the political elite, the candidates of the presidential election, activists and those who have been active in the process of election.
I also have something to say to the leaders of the global arrogance, certain Western governments and their media.
On the first issue, where I address you dear people, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude.
I do not like to exaggerate while I am addressing my audience, but regarding the recent election, I must tell you great people that no matter what I say, words cannot describe the greatness of your great accomplishment.
The June 12 election was a great show of the people's sense of responsibility, their will to participate, and their dedication to the system.
Truly, I have never heard of anything similar to what you have accomplished taking place in any of the democratic systems around the world, whether they are false democracies or truly built on their people's vote.
In the Islamic Republic, aside from the 1979 referendum, there has been no election like the one held last Friday with a turnout of almost 85 percent.
This means almost 40 million voters.
You can see the presence of the 12 and last Shia Imam behind this.
This is a sign of God's blessing to us.
It is necessary that I address you all across the nation from the depths of my heart, to express my respect and tell you that I feel humble in your presence.
Our young generation showed and proved they have insight and that like the first generation of the Islamic Revolution, they are committed.
The difference is, during the days of the revolution, revolutionary fire burned in the hearts of all.
It was the same is the days of the imposed war but in a different sense.
Today, however, there is no more of that but we still witness this commitment, this sense of responsibility, this understanding and fervor in our youth.
This is not something that can be ignored.
Of course, there are differences of taste and of opinion among our people.
Some people support a certain candidate; others back another person and his words and ideas.
This is natural, but you can see a collective commitment amid all this and amongst people of all walks of life.
You can see a consensus, a collective commitment to the protection of our country and system.
Everyone entered the political scene in villages, towns, cities, major cities, different ethnic groups, people of different faiths, men, women, young and old.
They all entered the scene.
They all took part in this great movement.
My dear people, this election was a political tremor for your enemies.
For your friends across the world, it was a real celebration -- a historical ceremony and victory.
Thirty years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, such a huge turnout and show of commitment to the Islamic system and the late Imam [Khomeini] shows the renewal of the pledge of allegiance to the late Imam and the martyrs.
This was a breath of fresh air, a new movement and a great opportunity for the Islamic system.
This election put religious democracy on display for the whole world to witness.
All ill-wishers of the Islamic establishment saw for themselves the meaning of religious democracy.
This is an alternative path in the face of dictatorships and arrogant regimes on the one side and democracies devoid of spirituality and religion on the other.
This is religious democracy.
This is what brings the hearts of people together and draws them to the scene.
This is the first point I wanted to make about the election.
The second point is that the June 12 election showed that people live with trust, hope and national enthusiasm in this country.
This is against a great deal of comments your enemies make in their propaganda.
If the people of this country were not hopeful about their future, they would not have taken part in any election.
If people were not dedicated to the Islamic establishment, they would have never voted.
If they did not feel free, they would have never shown up at polling stations.
The trust they have in the Islamic system was evident in this election.
Later on, I will tell you how the enemy targeted the very trust of the people in the Islamic establishment.
This trust is the very thing they want to crush.
This trust is the greatest asset of the Islamic system, so they want to take it away from the Islamic establishment.
They want to cast doubt on the election and weaken the confidence of the people in the system.
They want to cause the people to panic.
The enemies of the Iranian nation know that without trust there would have been a low turnout.
A low turnout would have questioned the legitimacy of the establishment.
That is what they are after.
They wanted to take away your [people] trust and keep you away from the polls to target this legitimacy, and if they had achieved this goal, the damage done would have been incomparable to any other.
For the people to come to the polls en masse and then be told that they made a mistake and should not have trusted the Islamic establishment, this is an enemy game
This path is the same one they pursued even before the elections.
A few months before the election, in late march, I said in Mashhad that the enemy has started whispers and rumors that their will be vote rigging.
They were preparing the grounds for the events of today.
I advised our friends in the country not to repeat what the enemy wants to plant in people's minds.
The Islamic establishment has the people's trust and it has not gained this trust easily.
For the past 30 years, authorities in the Islamic Republic have managed to maintain this trust, with their performance and painstaking efforts.
The third issue I want to touch upon is the issue of rivalry.
This competition was a free, serious and transparent race between four candidates as we all witnessed.
These competitions, debates and discussion were so transparent that some began to voice objections.
I will tell you that to they had the right to object to some extent.
Certain problems were also created that resulted in what you see today.
I must tell you that we were and still are under the impression that these rivalries were between the four candidates who are all individuals committed to the system.
The Enemies want to portray the situation in the media - some of which belong to the Zionists -as if there is a row between the proponents and opponents of the Islamic Republic.
No, this is not the case, this very untrue.
The four candidates who entered the presidential race all belonged and still belong to the Islamic establishment.
One of these four is the president of our country - a hardworking and trustworthy president.
One of them is the two-term prime minister; he served the country when I myself was president.
He was my prime minister for eight years.
One of them was the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) and one of the wartime commanders.
One of them was two-time head of parliament and Majlis speaker.
They are all members of our Islamic establishment.
Of course, they have differences of opinion and plans that differ from one another.
But, they all belong to this Islamic establishment.
This race was defined within the framework of the system.
It was not a competition between insiders and outsiders as the Zionist and the US were trying to portray.
No, this was a competition within the framework of the system between members of the system.
I know them all personally; I know their system of thought and their tastes very well.
I am familiar with their personalities.
I have worked with all of them closely.
I know them all.
But of course, I do not share all their views.
I believe some of their views and executive records are subject to criticism.
I see some more suitable to serve the country than others.
But, this is up to the people to decide, and this is exactly what happened, they chose who they wanted.
My desire and my choice was never announced nor was there any need for the people to pay heed to it.
The people had their own criteria and this is what they based their decision on.
Millions here and outside the country decided for themselves.
This is an internal issue.
Misrepresenting the problem is underhand. Misrepresenting
The row is not between insiders of the system and outsiders.
The row is not between revolutionary and anti-revolutionary forces, it is a difference of opinion between the members of the Islamic Revolution.
People who voted for these four candidates, voted with faith in the system.
They believed their candidate of choice was better for the country so they voted for him.
They voted in favor of the person they found most competent.
Well, these campaigns and debates were an important and interesting initiative.
They were very clear, to the point and serious.
The televised debates proved wrong those who were trying to say from the outside that these competitions are formalities.
They saw that these rivalries are real and serious.
They saw that they are really battling it out and exchanging viewpoints.
From this perspective, these debates were positive.
But, they also had some negative points which I will touch upon.
The positive aspect was that in these televised discussions and debates everyone spoke their mind clearly and casually.