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US, Britain meddling in Iran elections disgraceful: Cmdr.

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian Armed Forces' Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi

A senior Iranian commander says meddling by the US and Britain in Iran’s upcoming elections, including campaigning for or against a particular candidate, is a “disgraceful and insulting” move and a violation of the Islamic Republic's independence and national sovereignty.

“Such interference is [part of] aggressive strategies adopted by the US and Britain toward the Iranian nation, and the country’s officials should not underestimate it,” Iranian Armed Forces' Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said on Saturday.

He added that the “impudent” move by arrogant powers, including the US and Britain, would provoke the wrath of the “revolutionary” Iranian nation.

Firouzabadi called on Iranian officials to show a severe reaction to any foreign intervention in the country’s elections and protest the move by the British and American governments, which he said is similar to “military interference.”

The commander said meddling in elections of a “revolutionary and independent country with Islamic and democratic leadership” would be serious transgression, stressing that the Iranian nation is well aware of ways to foil its consequences.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday warned against enemy plots to exercise influence in Iran’s upcoming elections.

The Leader said that the United States plans to challenge decisions by the Guardian Council, Iran’s top supervising and vetting body, in a bid to portray elections as illegal.

The next elections for the 10th term of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) and the 5th term of the Assembly of Experts will take place simultaneously on February 26.

Over 6,000 candidates, including 600 women, are running for the 290 seats in the Majlis.

The campaigning began on Thursday and will continue until one day before the vote. A special committee will also supervise the candidates’ online campaigning.

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