Rouhani: If the previous regime had allowed elections, there wouldn’t be a revolution
The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani said: “If the previous regime had agreed to a fair and free national election, there wouldn’t be a revolution.”
On Tuesday, February 11, on the anniversary of the Islamist Revolution of Iran in 1979, Rouhani claimed in the rally in Tehran that Iran after the revolution is a society that “has freedom, continuous elections, and it is the people who make the final decision.”
He once again asked the people not to turn away from the ballot box and said: “The Islamic Republic regime must be renewed through your presence (at the ballot box).”
In another part of his speech, Rouhani emphasized: “Let’s not allow some people to talk about this side or the other side. This (dichotomy) is wrong in many cases; resistance or diplomacy; one or the other is wrong. We can have both resistance and diplomacy.”
Rouhani’s comments come at a time when many political activists and even the reformists inside the regime have warned about the disqualification of candidates by the Guardian Council, and many dissident groups have called for the boycott of the parliamentary elections.