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Iran | President Urges Respect for Moral Precepts in Elections

Iran's President Hasan Rouhani warned against a distortion of the facts in the race for his post, saying all candidates must observe the moral principles and avoid misrepresenting the truth in order to pave the way for the maximum turnout in the upcoming election.

Addressing a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said people of Iran must be encouraged to take part in the June 18 presidential election by being informed about the realities.

“Democracy must prevail from the beginning to the end of the elections,” the president added, stressing the need to observe the moral precepts, tell the truth, honor the pledges, and avoid distorting the facts in the electoral campaigns.

“The election is important, but ethics are even more important. Ethics are in fact the ultimate goal of Islam and the Revolution,” he noted.

Rouhani also advised the presidential candidates to encourage the people to vote by expressing the realities, and criticized the comments aimed at downplaying the achievements of his administration over the past 8 years.

“When the administration is offended, millions of people are offended. The statistics announced in the comments (by the candidates) must be correct and people should not be told lies,” the president underlined.