Iran’s system of religious democracy serves as a new paradigm capable of changing the prevailing hegemonic discourse in the international political arena, an Islamic scholar said.
“The idea of religious democracy, which is now being practiced in Iran, apart from the rights of the people for determining their destiny in terms of political system and having the president, has a very important point in stating that religion can now play an important role in the world of politics, ” said Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour in a Friday interview. Bahmanpour pointed to the onrushing tide of the Islamic Awakening across the Arab world, arguing that the Islamic Republic can serve as a “good model” for Muslim nations.
“I think all the pressures which are being put against Iran[aim] to suppress this model. This model is going to change the system, the hegemony in the world, ” he added.
On Friday, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives in the City and Village Councils. Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 poll. “The number of people coming and voting, the turnout in Iran, especially in Iranian democracy, is quite important for this concept. No matter who will be elected, it would assert a new idea in both the world of religion and the realm of democracy,” Bahmanpour said. “The measure of turnout would give the elected president more force, more power to practice the power of president internally and in international relations,” the analyst pointed out.