Поврежденная демократия

Нью-Йорк. Даже до Верховного лидера, Аатоллы али Хаменеи, который решил сдавить то немногое, что оставалось от «управляемой демократии» Ирана, эта система была действительно особенной. Несмотря на то, что у граждан Ирана есть право избирать своего президента, кандидаты должны пройти проверку на благонадежность перед Советом Стражей Революции, половина из которых выбирается неизбираемым Верховным лидером.

Кандидаты, которые могут принять участие в гонке, должны иметь безупречные рекомендации, а также быть лояльными к режиму, наиболее важные решения в котором принимаются неизбираемым духовенством. Мир-Хоссейн Мусави, выбранный Аятоллой Хаменеи на пост премьер-министра в 1981 году, был фигурой такого рода.

Мусави действовал как реформист, который сказал, что он будет бороться за предоставление большей свободы для прессы, расширение прав женщин, а также за уменьшение ограничений в частной жизни иранцев. Также он указывал на большую гибкость в переговорах с США.

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