The presidential election in Iran will be held this Friday to have the people vote for one among the five remaining candidates. One of candidates, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, relinquished from the elections in support for another candidate, Mr. Raeesi, who is claimed to have close ties and common agenda. Iran is a country in the Middle East, a geopolitical region in Asia which is dealing with different sorts of challenges and disputes. A short look at the countries of the region and the democracy of its countries can clarify what a hard task is being done by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The start of the so-called “Arab Spring” in the Arab countries of the world, mostly in the Middle East, cast the eyes on these countries and the condition of democracy in them. It was in Tunisia in 2010 that the first revolution took place and turned to a ground for a wave of protests and revolutions in some other countries with dictating leaders.
The dictators of Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain were toppled after Tunisia to show the world that the dictatorship is not still dead in Arab countries. To this list Iraq should also be added whose dictator, Saddam Hossein, was toppled and executed by US, the country which had supported the Iraqi dictator in its assault against Iran and in oppressing its own people. The Arab Spring goes on while mostly led to failure having new dictators as the leaders of the countries.
Saudi Arabia is at the center of the countries with dictator kings and tycoon princes. The condition of human rights in Saudi Arabia is worse than all other Arab countries. 2 years ago, women were allowed for the first time to participate in a public election for voting. Only one election exists in the legal system of Saudi Arabia; municipal elections.
Apart from the limited authorities of the municipals such as rubbish collection and street maintenance, only two third of the seats in municipal council are decided by public elections since 2015. People in Saudi Arabia have no other choice in deciding for the rulers and administration of their country. The king and princes decide the ministers and other executives of the country while the absolute authority is for the king and prince.
What takes place in the same region is that Iran 1979 revolution turns to a novel democracy taking the authority from its people in a public referendum in the same year. The president, members of parliament, and regional council members are chosen in public elections. The Supreme Leader is also chosen indirectly where people choose the members of assembly of Experts and the latter appoints and supervises the Supreme Leader.
Iran decided to lean its power on people while other countries of the region, recently joined by Turkey, have arms and wealth as the main pole of their power. The imminent presidential election in Iran in a free atmosphere where different candidates with various and perhaps opponent attitudes, beliefs, and worldviews are finding the chance to express themselves show the world another facet of Iran’s democracy and people’s freedom in deciding for the future.
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