Baku, Azerbaijan, May 28
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Islamic Republic is experiencing more complicated situation as compared with the past.
In a message to opening of Iran's 10th parliament on May 28, Khamenei said "the current stormy situation in the region and the world, and international adventurism of imperialists and their followers, have put the Islamic Republic face-to-face with a more complicated situation compared to that in the past," the official website of the Iranian supreme leader reported.
He further said that confronting this situation demands vigilance, strong will and initiatives by all the officials of the Islamic Republic.
Khamenei added that the Iranian MPs should make the parliament a "solid fortification" against deceptions and excessive demands of the "arrogant powers" and a point of reliance for the revolutionary people.
He also hailed the Iranians' high turnout in the recent parliamentary election, saying the nation repaid allegiance to the Islamic Republic and clearly responded to those "malevolent" by doing so.
Khamenei further said in his message that the parliament's current two major priorities are to realize a resistant economy and enrich the Islamic culture.
He concluded the message expressing appreciation to the legislators of the previous parliament and wished success to the new lawmakers.
The 10th round of the Iranian parliament started its work on May 28.
The speaker, vice-speakers and other presiding board members of the new parliament will be elected May 29.
Former Speaker Ali Larijani and former Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref are speculated to be the main rivals for the new speaker's position.