Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had a lot to say about the democratic process of electing the next president of the United States, calling it “laughable.”
Rouhani … on TV said: Iranians watch Republican debates as entertainment. https://t.co/HWWpiNdSjI
— DeanMI (@DeanMI) September 28, 2015
In an interview Sunday with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Rouhani made fun of the Republican debates and the notion that a newly elected Republican president could nullify any agreement made between the Obama administration and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rouhani stated that the United States would lose “credibility” and “trust” if the next administration decided to nullify the recently signed agreement granting Irab permission to develop a nuclear program.
Similar criticism exists of Iran’s electoral process. A closer look reveals that Iran’s election process essentially is not democratic. While the Iranian people can and do vote, the elections held are only for the President of Iran. The true leader of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is not in any danger of losing his dictatorial theocratic position when elections are held in Iran.
In fact, the supreme leader decides who can and who cannot run for president. While any man 18 years old and older can apply to run for president, their candidacy has to be vetted through the Guardians Council, who are 12 individuals appointed by the supreme leader. The supreme leader ultimately decides who runs for president in Iranian elections.
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Dissident and opposition candidates for president often find themselves under house arrest. When the election does take place, the Iranian people are simply voting for a short list of hand-picked individuals selected by the supreme leader to represent Iran in world affairs as President of Iran.
Do you think that Rouhani would be so quick to criticize his own country’s election procedures as he has criticized the electoral process of the United States?