A political analyst says the democracy in Iran is ‘much better’ than the one in the United States.
“The democracy here[in Iran] is much better than the democracy in the United States and we have no doubt about it and if you have a doubt about it, ask the people, the Iranians in the streets. They are going to tell you, ” said Foad Izadi, a professor at the University of Tehran on Sunday. Izadi made the comments while Iranians were celebrating the victory of the reformist president - elect, Hassan Rohani, in Iran’s June 14 vote, which was marked by a massive popular turnout. He criticized some media outlets, affiliated with the US and the UK, for their attempts to mar the mass participation of Iranian voters in the presidential race.
“What we see tonight is a big ‘no’ from the Iranian people to the US government and to the UK government that you need to stop interfering in the Iranian internal affairs, ” the analyst added.
Izadi further slammed the US - led sanctions which have been imposed on the Islamic Republic due to “the myth that the Iranian government is not a democracy. ”
“If you go and talk to everyone of these individuals that are celebrating for Rohani, they are going to tell you that they are proud of Iran’s nuclear[energy] program, they are proud of their achievements that this government has brought to the people, ” Izadi stated.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to participate in the June 14 presidential, and city and village council elections. The Interior Ministry put the voter turnout at 72.7 percent. Rohani managed to win 18,613,329 votes, or 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots counted. The West, led by the United States, has imposed a series of sanctions on the Islamic Republic under the pretext that Iran may be pursuing a military program under the cover of its nuclear energy activities. Iran has vehemently rejected the allegation, saying that its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful and that it is entitled to such a program as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).