Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 17
By Emil Ilgar - Trend:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has once again accused the US of plotting against Iran and its upcoming elections for parliament, as well as the Assembly of Experts to be held in late February.
"The enemies want to infiltrate into the elections," Khamenei claimed addressing a group of residents of East Azerbaijan Province, who meet him in Tehran on Feb. 17 morning, according to supreme leader's official website.
Saying that "the enemy" is planning to organize plots against the elections, the Iranian leader urged people to remain vigilant against them.
He further condemned those who criticize Iran's constitution watchdog body - the Guardian Council - for disqualifying a large number of candidates, wishing to run for both elections.
A group of high-ranking officials, including President Hassan Rouhani earlier have expressed their dissatisfaction over the widespread disapproval of reformist candidates for the elections.
Khamenei further went on to accuse the US of meddling in Iran's domestic affairs, saying that from the outset of the Islamic Republic, the Americans were against the Guardian Council and "today they are making efforts aimed at questioning the legitimacy of the vetting body and the elections."
The Assembly of Experts is very important and elects a leader when necessary, he said, adding that "the enemy" is sensitive about that body.
The Assembly of Experts is comprised of 86 Islamic scholars (mujtahids), who are elected by the public to an eight-year term.
The assembly is an influential body in charge of supervising the supreme leader and organizations under his direct control, as well as electing a successor for him.
Earlier the frontrunner in the elections, Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, who is a grandson of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was barred from the election to the Assembly of Experts by the Guardian Council.