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Iran: Daily highlights need to uphold law

`Iran Daily' on Sunday highlighted the need to uphold the rule of law as a means of strengthening social security and guaranteeing a better life for the people, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The establishment of democracy in the true sense of the word, freedom and accountability at home and detente and understanding in the country's foreign affairs could navigate the nation towards lofty aspirations while helping the nation move towards a better tomorrow.

In a democracy, the people are the backbone of the government and their views, as expressed in the country's political parties and institutions, constitute its bargaining chip in the international arena, the English-language daily explained in its Perspective column.

In addition to the power of the ballot, the unprecedented breakthrough in the IT sector gives people the cutting edge by speedily making politicians accountable for their platforms and officials for their performance.

Today, the yardstick is the "quality of relations" between the rulers and the ruled, and the more democratic this relationship the stronger the political system will be, the paper suggested.

Happily, the Iranian society, which is no less subject to this global norm, has chosen the path of reform after years of putting in place a truly democractic and free society, it praised.

However, sad to say, "this process of betterment and change has been perpetually hindered by interest groups and power houses since 1997," the paper regretted.

Currently, the daily noted, reformers face the two options of either "remaining neutral observers or fundamentally revising and reviewing their policies."

But the fact must not be forgotten that "the reform movement must work in unison with the domestic and international fora to meet public demands," the daily pointed out.

For example, the daily elucidated, "the reform movement should work to institutionalize legitimate freedoms and democracy at the national level," which, it pointed out, could only be achieved by strictly adhering to the "rule of law".

It would be well for officials of the country to always be reminded that in a true democracy the rulers and the ruled are equally bound to obey the law and "nobody and nothing is beyond the law."

Hence, it is crucial that the two government bills proposing extra powers for the presidency and the proposed amendment to the election law be ratified without further delay, the paper suggested.

Approval of this bill by parliament will go a long way in curbing the increasing rift between the people and officialdom, it added.

Recent regional developments, inter alia, is increasingly pointing to the reality that "military might" is ineffective without popular support, the daily noted.

Only the persistent pursuit of democracy, freedom, accountability and the policy of detente at home and skillful diplomacy in the country's foreign affairs can move the country to a better future, the daily concluded.

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