Supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday accused overseas media of attempting to make use of a lethal outbreak of coronavirus in Iran to “discourage” individuals from voting in a normal election.
“This damaging propaganda started just a few months in the past and grew bigger approaching the election and previously two days, below the pretext of an sickness and a virus, their media didn’t miss the slightest alternative to discourage individuals from voting,” mentioned Khamenei.
“(Our enemies) are even against any election by the Iranian individuals,” the chief was quoted as saying on his official web site.
Iranians voted in a parliamentary election on Friday, two days after an outbreak of the brand new coronavirus emerged within the nation.
A low turnout had already been anticipated after a conservative-dominated electoral watchdog disqualified 1000’s of candidates, most of them moderates and reformists.
The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed the lives of 5 individuals within the Islamic republic since Wednesday.