Iran president urges women to show high turnout in elections
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 7
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on women to show high turnout in the upcoming elections to be held on Feb. 26.
Rouhani said that we should accept the capabilities of women and we should accept that the women are capable of playing important roles in the society, science, economy, politics and art as same as men, president's official website quoted him as saying at a national conference named "women, moderation and development" on Feb. 7.
President added that it is the government's duty to pave the way for women to take advantage of their capacities in the society.
Rouhani went on to criticize those who express extremist opinions and said he has received messages ahead of elections about the outstanding shortcomings in the country.
"I am aware of all problems and I understand that many of peoples' demands have not been fulfilled so far but we should have an eye on our long-term goals ... we should not forget about our main goal," he added.
"Although sometimes it is difficult to make a choice, everyone under any circumstances should go to the polling stations on 7 Esfand (Iranian calendar Feb. 26)," Rouhani said.
Iranians are getting ready to elect both law makers for parliament and clerics for the Assembly of Experts on February 26.
Earlier in Jan 21, President Rouhani criticized the conservative-dominated vetting body of the Guardian Council for failing to qualify a large number of reformist candidates to run for the Feb. 26 parliamentary election.