Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today urged citizens to turn out to vote in massive numbers in presidential elections set for June 17. He made the appeal in a nationwide TV broadcast as hundreds of thousands of Iranians visited the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni on the sixteenth anniversary of his death. Khamenei said a strong turnout was needed to counter enemies who seek to brand Iran as a non-democratic state. Leading among candidates to succeed outgoing President Mohammad Khatami is former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Khatami was elected by broad margins in 1997 and 2001. His attempts to build a freer state have been blocked repeatedly by the courts and armed forces.