Lebanese Politician Lauds True Democracy in Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Lebanese political activist described the existence of various political parties in Iran as nothing less than true democracy, saying it is incomparable with certain reactionary Arab states ruled by monarchy.
In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency, member of Lebanon’s Amal Movement Khalil Hamdan said his country has inherited a consensus style of democracy, because no one has been able to scrap the traditional “sectarian consensus” among 17 major Lebanese clans in the political arena.
“But Iran truly enjoys pure democracy,” he added, saying there exists a diverse range of Iranian parties, factions and political groups without any problem.
“The process of democracy in Iran is clear, and the world is observing it,” Hamdan stressed, saying there is no comparison between the political system of certain kingdoms and the countries governed under presidential and parliamentary system.
As regards the result of the upcoming presidential election in Iran, the Lebanese politician said one should not expect a “surprising and significant happening” because the Iranian nation’s orientations have been clear to the international community and election of a president in Iran would not bring about fundamental changes.
Hamdan finally emphasized that the Islamic Republic’s support for the oppressed is not confined to any certain administration, noting that Iran’s backing for Palestine is a basic principle.
Iran is going to hold presidential election on Friday, May 19. Six candidates are running for the office.
Authorities say the number of eligible voters stands at more than 56,400,000.