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Islamic Republic, model of functioning democracy in region: Analyst

A political analyst describes the Islamic Republic of Iran as a unique system of functioning democracy as indicated by the peaceful transitions of power in the country through popular elections, Press TV reports.

“What you are seeing in Iran is quite unique. We live in a region that either doesn’t have elections in certain countries – kingdoms, emirates; places that really don’t hold any types of serious elections. And then we have countries that do hold elections, but then they have coup d’état’s; they have difficulties with the peaceful transfer of power,” Foad Izadi, a professor at the University of Tehran, told Press TV.

Describing Iran’s Islamic establishment as a functioning democracy, Izadi said, “The fact that you see the political system transforming into a system that the people’s vote and the people’s voice is heard I think is a major development…”

The political analyst said the massive voter turnout in elections in Iran indicates that people believe in the system and pressures exerted on the country by the Western states “is not really giving them the results that they are hoping for.”

Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, took the oath of office in a ceremony on Sunday after being endorsed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Rohani emerged victorious in the June 14 presidential election with 50.7 percent of a total of 36, 704, 156 ballots counted.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to participate in the June 14 presidential election. The Interior Ministry put the voter turnout at 72.7 percent.

By Press TV


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