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Iran News: Referendums beneficial in democratization process

English-language daily `Iran News' Thursday said a strategic glance at Iran's national interests shows that conducting referendums whenever needed is very beneficial in the democratization process, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Iran News referred to a letter, signed by 154 MPs and read out at Wednesday session of Majlis, in which the camp of reformists had warned the conservative forces against loss of popular support in absence of reforms.

The daily said, "Taking into account that just a few days ago Majlis set into motion the preliminary process for holding a national referendum by passing a draft bill as well as the incredibly tense situation in the region, the system should observe the following:

"Regardless of political faction, Parliament should have acted long ago in paving the way for holding a possible national referendum. Public participation through elections and national referendums is the only way to adapt to ever-changing international political realities.

"A proactive adjustment strategy by actively including the electorate in policy-making could end the current stalemate in the domestic political scene."

Iran news acknowledged that in these tense times, it might prove too difficult to calmly and rationally come up with the required procedures for holding such a referendum.

It said, "Unfortunately, what is best for the nation has been sacrificed for political rivalries within the system."

In fact, referring to the popular will should be an established principle, not just to feign democracy as the reformers are currently doing because they want to make their "twin" legislation the law of the land, Iran News concluded.

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