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Elections and people’s vote play a pivotal and decisive role in the popular system of government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In view of this fact, months before the holding of any round of election, whether it is the parliamentary, presidential, Assembly of Experts, or for the town councils, the organs in charge of supervising and conducting the elections, start their work in order to ensure the holding of fair and free voting so that people from all walks of life enthusiastically participate.


Recently, election organizers for the 10th 4-year term of the Majlis or the Islamic Consultative Assembly – as the national parliament is known – as well as for the 5th 8-year term of the 87-member Assembly of Experts, met with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to seek his guidelines. Elections for these two bodies are to be the held simultaneously on February 26.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the elections as a healthy competition among the eligible and qualified candidates in which the nation is always the final winner, since it is the people who determine the fate of the country. He said: When the masses enter the arena of elections with strength and resolve, and fill the ballot boxes with votes of determination, this is certainly a matter of pride for the popular system of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As a matter of fact, winning or losing of the honoured candidates have no meaning for the people, because either way it is the Iranian nation which is the real and final winner. This is the main point about the elections.

The Leader always encourages people to enthusiastically participate in the elections, including those who may have some problems with the Islamic Republic system. On the reason for encouraging this particular group for participation in the voting, he stated: Today this unique system of government has preserved the country’s security, has facilitated national development and progress, and given dignity to the people – facts that cannot be denied. What is, however, of prime importance, he said, is insight and carefulness while voting for any candidate, so that the people send the honest, aware, brave and faithful representatives to the parliament in order to ensure national development, as well as the independence and dignity of Iran. He elaborated on his remark on the necessity of participation of those who do not believe in the Islamic Republic, by making it clear that this does not mean a candidate who does not believe in the system is sent to the parliament.

He pointed out that nowhere in the world do decision-making centers allow someone who does not believe in the essence of the system of the national government to participate in elections. In many countries, such candidates are barred from contesting the polls on the slightest accusation.

As an example, the Leader recalled the US elections during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, when candidates suspected of leftist tendencies were barred and even imprisoned. Such restrictions in a country like the US which likes to call itself the bastion of democracy are now enforced against American Muslims.

As part of his guidelines for holding of fair and free elections, Ayatollah Khamenei turned the attention of the organizers and candidates to certain points. First and foremost is the law of the country as the most trustworthy factor and the best judge in case of differences among candidates, since it is essential to respect the legal organs responsible for holding elections, while any disrespect for them would result in chaos.

The Leader pointing to the unhealthy practice of lies, deceit, and false propaganda in the so-called democratic countries of the West during elections, said such a negative atmosphere should on no account prevail in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He advised the candidates against mudslinging and the sordid practice of insulting each other. He said: As a candidate, if you have faith in your competence and abilities, you can highlight your qualities during the campaign in order to inform the people of your plans; but you should not insult and slander your rivals, and you should not talk behind their backs. This is another vital responsibility to ensure free, fair and healthy elections.

The Leader advised the candidates against giving impractical promises to the people, when you very well know you cannot fulfill them. At the same time, no candidate should raise any illegal demand or promise by saying that if elected he/she will do such-a-such thing, when it is clear that whatever you are saying is illegal and against the country’s Constitution and laws. The candidates should be honest to the people, and this is one of the vital aspects of a fair, free and healthy election. Ayatollah Khamenei called the national elections a blessing and a big opportunity for thanksgiving.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution then mentioned some important points about JCPOA, calling implementation of Iran’s nuclear agreement with G5+1 as a great stride, for which President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other members of Iranian nuclear negotiating team deserve thanks. He dismissed the notion that these achievements are the result of US favours, saying: We developed nuclear energy with our own capabilities, with the ideas of our own scientists and with the support of our different administrations.

On this path, four people were martyred until we reached this stage. We did something to force the enemy to agree to the existence of several thousand centrifuges in the country, when this same enemy had vowed not to leave even one single centrifuge spinning in Iran. He added that this success of ours is because of the efforts of the people of Iran and our scientists.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that contrary to the US-European plan to make Iranians discontent with the Islamic Republic of Iran through sanctions, the Iranian people have stood firm and their steadfastness became a source of support for political and diplomatic work. The enemy was forced to retreat, while the Islamic Republic of Iran showed its power and dignity, thanks to the strong bond of the system with the entire Iranian nation.

The Leader said, basically the arrogant powers in the West well know that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not after a nuclear bomb, but still they imposed sanctions on Iran? He said the issue is about something else, and part of the plan to pressure the people of Iran, stop the people from pursuing their revolutionary movement, and preventing the increasing influence of the Islamic Republic in the region and in the world.

It is obvious, he said, the West failed, while the sincere intentions of the people and government have continued to attract people from all over the world towards the credible system of the Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned people and officials from the excessive optimism regarding the lifting of sanctions in resolving the economic problems of the country.

He asked: Now that sanctions have been lifted, will the economic problem of the country and the problem of the living conditions of the people be solved? He answered in the negative, saying that it is proper management and planning that ensure the progress of the country. Everyone has approved of the economy of resistance and everyone has planned for it. Fortunately, the executive organizations and our friends in the administration have certain plans to pursue this matter. They should seriously pursue it in order to make the country resistant in terms of the economy. Otherwise, if we fix our eyes on foreigners’ decisions and hands, we will not reach anywhere.

On the great capabilities for reaching self-sufficiency, the Leader said: We are a strong nation with a large population of approximately eighty-million people. There are tens of millions of educated youth in Iran, including professionals, experts, and masterminds in all areas and divisions. Plus, Iran is rich in underground resources. All these are valuable resources. All these are opportunities. We should stand on our feet and we should not be dependent on others.


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Program number (129) Sunday, February 07, 2016,-february-07,-2016,-february-07,-2016

In this episode of Listeners’ Special dated February 07, 2016 we will hear:


Interview with Nasiru Hassan from Nigeria

Letters and facebook comments:

Dennis Bowman from Florida, the USA

Sayyed Raheal TirmaZee from Pakistan

Fadi Bidawid from Russia

Abdulkarim Alhousieni from Libya

Listeners’ Special Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:37:40 +0000
Abdulkarim Alhousieni from Libya

My warm congratulation by the new year wishing you a very happy new year full of success.


I am so sorry for my delay to congratulate you in time because the war in my country I hope the war will come to an end after the formation of coalition government. I still enjoy listening to your very interesting informative and educative programs. Please keep it up.

I would like to inform you that I am in the desert where I work and the network sometimes get interrupted and I am waiting for your call on pins and needles.

Your Letters Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:36:35 +0000
Fadi Bidawid from Russia

Iran has a large land size mass and high population, both of which will fuel the country's domestic air transport industry.

Its central position in the world also makes it an ideal hub for international travel and a viable competitor against the Arab carriers of the Persian Gulf.


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Program number (128) Sunday, January 31, 2016,-january-31,-2016,-january-31,-2016

In this episode of Listeners’ Special dated January 31, 2016 we will hear:



Interview with Mr. Feyzolah Baratzadeh, the Director of Islamic Study Center of Tajikistan


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Yahudah Ya'aqob Yahshar'al from Miami

Pastor.K.M.RAJU from India


Igor Nogueira from Brazil



Listeners’ Special Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:28:10 +0000
Igor Nogueira from Brazil

Hello friends of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.


It is with great pleasure that I am sending this message to report listening to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting in English on 21 January 2016. My greatest joy is being able to hear stations from far away via shortwave and this interest comes from childhood, when out of curiosity, I moved the tuning dial of multiple radios that my father repaired.

Recently I discovered that this hobby had a name and a number of people worldwide practice DXing. I find interesting to learn about the culture of your country through the radio rather than the Internet and my interest does not end. I hope that you read my email.

Your Letters Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:04:02 +0000
Yong Zhong Lee from China

Dear Sir/Madam,


Hello!  My name is YongZhong Lee, a university student from JiangSu Province, China. Here is south of the lower branch of the Yangtze River a region where fish and rice is in abundant. I'm a shortwave radio enthusiast.  I listen to your program recently and I do enjoy it.  I hope that you may be interested in knowing that your program can be heard many thousands of kilometers away. I am looking for your help on verification of your radio.

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Program number (127) Sunday, January 24, 2016,-january-24,-2015,-january-24,-2015

In this episode of Listeners’ Special dated January 24, 2016 we will hear:


Interview with Dr Anis Abdonour Karrissa the professor of comparative law from Africa

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Brad Sauter from the USA

Jyrki Hytönen from Finland

Rowan Reid from the UK

Paul Mukooza Kampala, Uganda




Listeners’ Special Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:33:37 +0000
Jyrki Hytönen from Finlandönen-from-finlandönen-from-finland

I am glad to have an opportunity to write a few lines about Finnish New Year traditions and my plans for this New Year.

 Finnish Christmas in traditionally celebrated quietly among family members. However, New Year is more like a general party.  During the New Year the whole country is snow covered and there can be quite low temperatures.  One of the musts are the numerous firework displayed all over the country. Families show fireworks and fire them in the evening before midnight. Professional firework shows are displayed by many towns. My hometown Kannus has also a firework display.  In Finland Sauna bath is tradition in the evening.  Many wait for the midnight in a party with friends at homes or go to restaurants.  I will stay at home together with my wife. The party is usually informal, usually a Nordic buffet table consisting of simple hot or cold dishes, snack and coffee.  E.g. we have smoked salmon, potato salad, green salad, bread and butter etc.  At midnight, people pop out to see the displays of fireworks.  Some make New Year resolutions. I have stopped making them….  New Years’ eve has traditionally been time for fortune telling and predicting of the future.  One of the most popular tricks in casting of tin. Everyone gets a small piece of tin shaped like a miniature horse shoe, a symbol of good luck. The horseshoe is melted and the liquid is poured into a bucket of cold water. Then you take the hardened tin and examine its shape and especially the shape of shadow it makes. One can interpret from the shadow the fortune of the next year.   I have many times especially when kid casted tin and it is very common. 

Happy New Year to you all at English Service… you have still to wait for the Nowruz almost three months.

Your Letters Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:33:08 +0000
Rowan Reid from the UK

Dear Colleagues at IRIB


Thank you for the broadcast. Please could you let me know if there will be an international radio festival again this year?

I was a judge for your Radio Festival in 2012 and 2014 and would be very interested in continuing that if you still plan for that this year.

Please could you let me know. 

Kind Regards 

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