February 21, 2020 / 4:53 AM / in 2 months

Iran's Khamenei says voting in parliamentary election 'a religious duty'

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he meets with people in Tehran, Iran February 18, 2020. Official Khamenei website/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Casting a vote in Iran’s parliamentary election is “a religious duty”, the country’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated on Friday after voting in Tehran, broadcast live on state TV.

“Voting is a religious duty ... which will also guarantee the national interests of Iran ... I am urging Iranians to vote early,” Khamenei said.

Additional reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh,; Writing by Parisa Hafezi

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