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Iran: Insulting voters abroad displays nothing but 'misery, depravity'

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani

The spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry says insult to expatriates participating in the 14th presidential election illustrates nothing but the misery and profound depravity of the disruptors.

In a message posted on his X account on Monday, Nasser Kan'ani censured certain Western countries that claim to defend democracy for allowing certain individuals to display “such an ugly behavior.”

These countries refrain from taking a lawful and deterrent attitude to those who insult and violate the legal rights of the noble Iranian citizens, he said.

Kan’ani said Iranians at home and abroad demand explanation and action from the responsible institutions in those Western countries regarding such barbaric, uncivilized and illegal behaviors.

These self-proclaimed defenders of the citizenship rights, human rights and democracy, Kan'ani said, will be judged by the Iranian nation.

The Iranian official said the expat voter turnout – despite the difficulties – manifested national solidarity among Iranians inside and outside alike.

Kan’ani expressed dismay at the behavior of certain individuals who identify themselves as "opponents" of the Islamic establishment. They tried desperately to prevent the participation of Iranians abroad by threatening and insulting the voters, he said.

More than 24 million people cast their votes in the June 28 snap election. The early polls were due to the passing of President Ebrahim Raeisi in a helicopter crash on May 19.

None of the candidates secured the necessary votes to win the race. The top two, Masoud Pezeshkian and Saeed Jalili, will face off in the July 5 runoff.

As many as 250 polling stations have been allocated to the Iranian diaspora.

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