Iran’s presidential election vivid example of democracy: Kuwaiti scholar

Tehran, May 15, IRNA -- A Kuwaiti scholar pointed to the importance of holding Iran's presidential election in regional and global arena, and said it is a vivid indication of democracy and the position of popular sovereignty as well.

Islamic Republic of Iran has so far experienced free elections for about four decades, Head of the political sciences department of Kuwait University Abdolreza Asiri told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday.

“Iranians go to the polls to elect their candidates at all political levels from the City Council to presidential election,” Asiri said.

Despite facing different problems such as Iran-Iraq (1980-1988) war and the crippling sanctions imposed on the country by West, Iran has never abandoned democracy, he added.

One of the most important advantages of Iran’s nation-wide elections is its safe and democratic vibrancy, Asiri said.

Kuwaiti scholar urged regional countries to maintain cooperation, and said that Iran in a message to the neighboring countries expressed its support for peace and stability in the Middle East.

Asiri went on to say that holding democratic elections in Iran brings about exaltation and stabilization of Iran’s political stance.

Ebrahim Raeisi, the custodian of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine, Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former minister of culture and Islamic guidance Mostafa Mirsalim and former vice president Mostafa Hashemi Taba, as well as President Hassan Rouhani are the six candidates to compete in May 19 presidential elections.

After the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution which led to the fall of the Pahlavi regime, Iran has held one election each year on average all of which have witnessed large turnouts of the people.