Iran's Khamenei urges large election turnout, slams US

June 14, 2013 07:18

DUBAI - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged a large turnout in presidential elections on Friday, and said he did not "give a damn" about US suggestions that the ballot was unfair.

"What is important is that everyone takes part," Khamenei said, speaking live on state television as he cast his ballot in the capital Tehran."Our dear nation should come (to vote) with excitement and liveliness, and know that the destiny of the country is in their hands and the happiness of the country depends on them."

Friday's vote is Iran's first presidential election since 2009, when a disputed win for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led to months of unrest in the Islamic Republic.

Khamenei derided Western misgivings about the credibility of the vote.

"I recently heard that someone at the US National Security Council said 'we do not accept this election in Iran'. We don't give a damn," he said.

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