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Khamenei: criticizing election will help enemies

DUBAI - Iran's most powerful leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned the Iranian public on Tuesday against helping Tehran's enemies by criticizing the forthcoming presidential election.
Iranians go to the polls in June to elect a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Iran's leadership is keen to avoid a repeat of the widespread protests that followed the last presidential vote in 2009.
Khamenei's comments appear to be a response to a debate inside Iran about whether reformist candidates - those with a more moderate stance on issues such as social policy and greater political freedoms - should be allowed to run.
"Everyone, even those who make general recommendations about the election through (expressing) concerns, should take care not to serve the purpose of the enemy," Khamenei said in a statement published on his official website.
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