Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), was the keynote speaker. She described the sham election as a clear testament to the regime’s final phase before being overthrown, saying: Even though Khamenei eliminated Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was instrumental in bringing him to power, when it ultimately came to a decision between acquiescing to Hassan Rowhani’s presidency on the one hand and facing popular uprisings on the other, he chose the former. Several hours before announcing the election result, Khamenei tried to conceal his defeat by attacking Liberty and killing the combatants of freedom in a bid to warn the Iranian people who were poised to stage an uprising. At the same time, the clerical regime demonstrated what it perceives to be the main threat to the entirety of the regime by resorting to the missile attack and killings.