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The ninth Majlis of the Islamic Republic was inaugurated on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

The ninth Majlis of the Islamic Republic was inaugurated on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has hailed the opening of Iran’s ninth Majlis, describing it as the Islamic Republic’s “powerful message” to the world. “The inauguration of the ninth round of legislature in the Islamic Republic… is a powerful message by which the Iranian nation addresses the contemporary world,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message to the lawmakers of the ninth Majlis on Sunday The opening of the ninth Majlis registers “enduring realities” in the collective memory of the nations of the world, among which are the victory of Iran’s national resolve against the magnitude of enmities, and the powerful structure of the establishment that has arisen from the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei noted. The Leader’s message was read out in the inaugural session of Iran's eighth Majlis by Head of Ayatollah Khamenei's office Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi-Golpayegani. Ayatollah Khamenei also thanked the former members of the parliament for their efforts and services during their term. Describing the Majlis as a principal pillar of the country and the Islamic establishment, the Leader urged the lawmakers to pay heed to their divine responsibility and fulfill the heavy duty of being the representatives of the Iranian nation. Senior Iranian officials including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, Head of Iran's Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Chairman of the Iranian Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani as well as military officials and a number of foreign ambassadors were present at the opening ceremony of the ninth Majlis. MYA/AZ/HJL
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