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Iran President calls on nation to promote democracy

President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday called on the nation to continue the sustainable historical movement to establishing democracy, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Speaking at a meeting with authorities and members of scientific committee and headquarters in charge of commemorating the centenary of the Constitution Movement, he referred to the Constitution Movement as a symbol of the will and determination of Iranian nation in the past century to materialize democracy and added that though people's attempts failed for various reasons, once constitution was established, the nation never stopped its campaign.

Turning to Iran as a forerunner in establishment of a democratic system in the region, he noted, "I believe that the major success achieved by mankind in the field of human sciences was that power, which is a material concept and should be harnessed in accordance with a nation's will and determination."

The president, referred to the democratic rule of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) at the outset of Islam and regretted that in practice and similar to the history of other communities, his democracy was violated by powerful empires and was eventually replaced by the common system which ignored national will.

"The dialogues currently going on in the world mostly focus on harnessing the governments seeking hegemony, which are mainly responsible for the worst vices committed in the course of history," he added.

President Khatami noted that Constitution in Iran is rooted in the people's Islamic and national beliefs and marks the historical maturity of a nation determined to release itself from the grip of dictatorship linked to foreign powers.

"Iranians who have been suffering from lack of freedom, colonialism and backwardness in the past, have always taken refuge in religion to materialize their goals.

Turning to traditionalism and Westernism as the major factors for the Constitution's failure, he reiterated that traditionalists and western-oriented groups interfered with the movement in the name of religion and freedom and left aside the moderate reformists such as Allameh Na'inie.

"Unfortunately, our contemporary community suffers from going to extremes and needs to be moderated to facilitate responding to people's demands," he added.

The chief executive said that the commemoration of Constitution Movement marks a decisive stage in the history of a nation and hoped that with the Lord's favor the officials will take measures in joint cooperation with the nation to materialize the public will.

"The omnipresence of God Almighty and significance of values in the Islamic Republic as well as the people's rights are not controversial to one another," he stated.

President Khatami pointed out that the significant point is to continue the policy and to follow the objective.

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