Khamenei: Big election turnout will frustrate Tehran's foes

June 12, 2013 13:57

DUBAI - Iran's supreme leader urged voters to turn in big numbers for a presidential election on Friday, saying such a show would frustrate Tehran's enemies.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking on the last day of a subdued campaign that has not produced a leading candidate from three main hardliners and one moderate.The winner will replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but inherit an economy struggling with high unemployment and inflation, and buckling under the weight of international sanctions imposed over Iran's disputed nuclear program.

The new president will also have little leeway to change major policies like Iran's enrichment of uranium for nuclear fuel or its support for President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war. Both are decided by Khamenei.

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