Khamenei Doesn’t “Give a Damn” About US Election Critics
Ayatollah Khamenei lashed out at the US on state television as voting started today in presidential elections. Khamenei said he didn’t “give a damn” what officials in the US had to say about the election.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged a large turnout in presidential elections on Friday, and said he did not ‘give a damn’ about U.S. suggestions that the ballot was unfair.
‘What is important is that everyone takes part,’ Khamenei said, speaking live on state television as he cast his ballot in the capital Tehran.
‘Our dear nation should come (to vote) with excitement and liveliness, and know that the destiny of the country is in their hands and the happiness of the country depends on them.’
Friday’s vote is Iran’s first presidential election since2009, when a disputed win for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led to months of unrest in the Islamic Republic.
Khamenei derided Western misgivings about the credibility of the vote.
‘I recently heard that someone at the U.S. National Security Council said ‘we do not accept this election in Iran’. We don’t give a damn,’ he said.
Senior religious leader Ayatollah Emami Kashani said today’s election renewed commitment to Islamic Revolution.