Iran’s supreme leader, Ayotollah Khamenei today gave his backing to Hasan Rouhani as president following the latter’s victory in elections in May. Under the Iranian constitution, the president needs the backing of religious authorities as well as the people. Rouhani will be inaugurated on Saturday.
Here is the text of Kharmenei’s endorsement:
In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful:
I thank Allah the Exalted for making the great people of Iran proud during yet another notable political and social test and for turning their auspicious presence – in one of the most fundamental national movements – into a lofty step towards protecting the dignity and security of the country and the magnificence of the holy Islamic Republic.
The enthusiastic elections, the long line of voters throughout the country the high turnout of participants in electing the president and also the overwhelming votes that the president elect won are all clear signs of the Islamic government’s success in strengthening and establishing the Islamic Republic and the people-based characteristic of this revolutionary government.
It is one of the most important and fundamental capabilities of our dear Islamic country – one of its countless capabilities which makes the achievement of lofty revolutionary ideals possible, a harbinger of a bright future for the country and for the nation. With the guidance and blessings of God, in the shade of the Great Imam of the Age’s (may our souls be sacrificed for his sake) attention and benevolence, and by following the people of Iran’s lead, I hereby endorse their votes, appointing the honourable scholar Hujjatul-Islam Dr Hassan Rouhani as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.