Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: Islam Based On Democracy

Description of Selected News: "Islam Based On Democracy: EC Chairman

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Chairman of the Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Monday analyzed Islam's view on people's rights to decide their own fate and said that Islam is actually based on democracy and the rule of the people.
Speaking at a gathering of members of the Central Committee of Iran's Welfare Party, he deplored enemies' attempts to pretend that Islam is against people's authority.
'However, history proves that people's rights to make decisions has been granted by divine religions, particularly Islam,' he added.
Turning to the crucial role of political parties in human communities and social developments, he said that to materialize democracy it is indispensable to establish organized and consolidated political bodies with proper planning and objectives.
EC chairman urged that people should be given the freedom to elect their desired type of administration and governance, just as the Iranian people did in case of Islamic Revolution.
Concerning the role of parties in promoting people's political understanding, Rafsanjani urged them to institutionalize their plans and platform to have a say in the administration of current affairs.
Referring to regional sensitive conditions, he said that at this point of time, special expertise and care is required in administrating the affairs to avoid any challenge facing the country and Islamic Revolution."


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