Iranian leader calls for mass turnout

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Iran’s supreme leader urged Iranians to vote in large numbers as the country held parliamentary elections yesterday, saying a high turnout would send a strong message to the nation’s enemies.

The ballot for the 290-member parliament was the first major voting since the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009 and the mass protests and crackdowns that followed.

However, it is unlikely to change Iran’s course over major policies – including its nuclear stand-off with the West – regardless of who wins.