Rezaei: Nation follows Leader's guidance

Iran Materials 19 June 2009 12:36 (UTC +04:00)

Defeated presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei says the Iranian nation would never tie its political destiny to the will of its sworn enemies, Press TV reported.

In a letter to the Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei --released on his website-- Rezaei said the Leader has managed to maintain social unity and resolve the country's political stalemates which have been regarded as the vital responsibilities of the leadership in the Islamic Republic.

Iran's 10th presidential election has provoked protests around the country and Ayatollah Khamenei will lead this week's Friday prayers in Tehran University.

"The nation follows what the Leader says in such situations," said Rezaei adding that that the nation has drawn a line between itself and rioters.

Iranian police said Tuesday they had arrested several armed rioters during overnight clashes in Tehran.

"Members of an anti-revolutionary group known as 'Iranian Empire Society' carrying a significant amount of explosives and weapons have been arrested in Tehran," Deputy Police chief Ahmad Reza Radan told reporters.

Rezaei, who is the Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, has expressed hope that the Interior Ministry and the Guardian Council could play an important role in avoiding any ambiguity in the election, under the Leader's guidance.

The Guardian Council, the body tasked with supervising the electoral process, has invited the candidates of in the 10th presidential election to attend the Council's upcoming meeting.

"The presidential candidates will be invited to the meeting to be held early next week to express their ideas and ask any questions in the presence of the Guardian Council's members," the council's spokesman, Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, said on Wednesday.