29 Feb 2024
Thursday 31 March 2016 - 13:44
Story Code : 207451

Iran commemorates Islamic Republic Day

Iran is marking the 37th anniversary of areferendum in which Iranians overwhelmingly voted for the establishment of the Islamic Republic following the fall of the US-backed Pahlavi regime.

In a landmark two-day referendum held on March 30-31, 1979, more than 98.2 percent of eligible Iranians voted yes to the establishment of an Islamic republic in the country.

It came as the popular motto marking the days afterthe 1979 Islamic Revolution wasIndependence, Freedom and the Islamic Republic on every corner.

Since then, the nation annually celebrates Farvardin 12 on the Iranian calendar yearas the Islamic Republic Day.

The Islamic Revolution,led by late Imam Khomeini, culminated in theoverthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and put an end to 2,500 years of monarchic rule in Iran.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) attends a cabinet session in Tehran, Iran, on March 30, 2016.[/caption]

Addressing a Wednesday cabinet meeting in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani praised the Islamic Republic Day as the day of the realization of democracy and Islamic values.

He added that the late Imam Khomeini proposed a referendum on the establishment of an Islamic system in Iran less than two months after the triumph of the Islamic Revolution.

"Democracy and Islam havematerialized in the country in the real sense where the victory of the revolution has provided for the people to comfortably go to the polls and cast their ballots," Rouhani said.

"We must employ all our energies to safeguard the Islamic Republic of Iran and strive on the path of the country's development and progress," he added.

By Press TV
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