Leader Highlights Momentous Task of Experts Assembly

A02321136.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday highlighted momentous task of the Assembly of Experts as the top policy making body envisaged in the Constitution.

In a meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts, the Supreme Leader said that the Constitutional body is responsible for safeguarding the principles of the Islamic Revolution and the governing system.

The Supreme Leader said that the body is tasked with appointing Leader and monitoring performance of the leadership.

He said that the Assembly has a record of breaking the deadlock citing election of the Supreme Leader immediately after departure of the late Imam Khomeini, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the governing hierarchy of the Islamic Republic follows legal procedure in light of the national voting for members of the Assembly of Experts and their mandate to elect the Supreme Leader.

The Supreme Leader said that the Constitutional body is expected to safeguard the revolutionary values and reinforce them in a bid to thwart any attempt to revise them.

Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned against revision of the revolutionary principles and said that such an approach will deviate the Islamic Republic gradually in a way that even those responsible for the government would not recognize deviation.

The Supreme Leader said that the Constitutional structure of the Islamic republic is compared to the hardware and the planning to achieve the aspirations of the Islamic Revolution is the software.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the aspirations of the Islamic Revolution are restoring justice, independence, freedom and special attention to the deprived class of the society.

The Supreme Leader said that extravagance is forbidden in Islam and that the Islamic Revolution calls for avoiding aristocratic way of life.

“These are basics of the Islamic Revolution which must never change.”

The Supreme Leader said that the Islamic republic must never overlook its principles in dealing with the arrogant powers in a way that they get the sense that the Islamic Republic of Iran has reached immunity vis-à-vis their hostile approach.

The Supreme Leader made it clear that the idea of isolation is meaningless when a nation is powerful enough to administer national affairs especially in the field of science and technology.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that strong belief of the people in Islam and the national solidarity are means of immunity of the country which should further bolster.

The Supreme Leader called for implementation of Article 44 of the Constitution without going to extremes.

He also backed the government’s economic strategy and said that implementing the strategy will help remove the current shortages.

Prior to the Supreme Leader, Chairman of the Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that members of the Assembly have reservations about the economic situation.

Rafsanjani said that there is consensus that the government should adequately implement its economic strategy.

He said that representatives of the Assembly of Experts were satisfied with a report offered by Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili about the nuclear program.

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