A political analyst says the outcome of Iran’s 11th presidential election will have a very significant impact on democratic processes in the Middle East.
“I think it(Iran’s election) is something that we could learn from and take… into consideration… concerning the Middle East democratic processes, ” George Labaki, a professor at Notre Dame University in Lebanon, said in an interview on Friday.
Labaki described Iran as a key regional and international power, adding that the country “has a say in the Middle East and international politics, especially in a number of key issues like the Syrian crisis. ”
The professor also said the efforts made by the West and its media outlets to discredit Iran’s presidential election are “totally unsuccessful.” “I think the public opinion in the Middle East knows carefully today, and is aware that what was called [by the West]… democratic process was not really what was meant to be.” The West’s main purpose is to interfere in the internal affairs of the regional countries under the pretext of establishing democracy. Earlier in the day, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives at the city and village councils.