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Ayatollah tells Iranians not to protest election results

Ali Khamenei, hoping to avoid repeat of 2009 unrest, says calls for a free vote play into enemy hands

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a public gathering in the northeastern city of Bojnurd, Iran, in October. (photo credit: AP/Office of the Supreme Leader)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a public gathering in the northeastern city of Bojnurd, Iran, in October. (photo credit: AP/Office of the Supreme Leader)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader says that Iranians should not serve the country’s enemies by questioning the fairness of upcoming presidential elections.

The remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei quoted Tuesday by state TV also appeared to be a warning to reformists who have in recent weeks stressed that the vote scheduled for June be free.

Iran wants to avoid a repeat of the unrest that followed 2009 presidential elections. Opponents of the winner, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called them fraudulent.

Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, says hostile powers “want to do something so that the elections are without the lively and massive participation of the people.”

“All people should be careful that their remarks do not serve this desire of the enemy,” he says.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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