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New parl.: Leader says Majlis manifestation of religious democracy continuity in Iran

In a message to 12th parliament, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stresses the importance of strengthening and continuing “religious democracy” in Iran.

Iran’s 12th parliament has been inaugurated with a message from Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

In his Monday message, the Leader stressed the importance of continuing and strengthening “religious democracy”, describing it as a “big divine gift” to the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei said each member of the parliament is a representative of the entire nation which means that the main work of the lawmakers is to secure the country’s national interests.

The Leader also stressed that development plans should not be approved in an “extreme” way that surpasses the allocated budget.

Ayatollah Khamenei called on the lawmakers to boost interaction with other branches of the government and pursue a correct collective attitude based on patience.

He cautioned the lawmakers that their oath is not just a show but is real and will bring responsibility.

The Leader also thanked the members of the previous legislature.

In the inaugural session, which was attended by top Iranian officials and foreign guests, 290 lawmakers took oath.

Elected members will serve for four years in the country’s legislative body. New lawmakers were elected during two rounds of elections held on March 1 and May 10.

The 11th parliament held its last session on May 21.

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