The Islamic Revolution in Iran has played an inspiring role for the wave of Islamic awakening in the region, Iranian Presidential Candidate Gholam - Ali Haddad Adel stated.

Addressing a group of people in Iran ' s Central city of Qom on Monday evening, Haddad - Adel stated that there exists a connection between Iran ' s 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the recent regional developments. He said Arab revolutions and uprisings have been inspired by the Islamic movement initiated by the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini. Since the beginning of 2011, the Muslim world has witnessed popular uprisings and revolutions similar to what happened in Iran in 1979. Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January 2011, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February 2011. Libya was the third country touched by the Islamic Awakening. Libyans also embraced victory after months of bloody campaign against the country ' s dictator, Muammar al - Qaddafi. Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.