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MP: Democratic Demands Fuel Uprisings

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 25 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says the recent uprisings and revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa are fuelled by the people's democratic demands.
Monday, April 25, 2011 11:29:44 AM
MP: Democratic Demands Fuel Uprisings

The nations that have risen up today have been under dictatorial rule for years, and they have now risen to free themselves from this situation, Deputy Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Hossein Ebrahimi said on Sunday.

Ebrahimi referred to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and said his “removal from power is one of the demands of the Yemenis and if he steps down, [the Yemeni] people will decide for their future in a democratic process.”

On Saturday, Yemen's ruling General People's Congress (GPC) finally accepted a proposal by mediators from Arab states of the Persian Gulf that called for Saleh to step down.

The [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) had called on Saleh to leave office and hand over power to his vice president within 30 days in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

The Iranian lawmaker further noted that Egyptians have also embarked on the same democratic process, adding that “after [Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak's ouster, the country's constitution changed,” and the Egyptians now seek to hold a new presidential election.

In February, a revolution in Egypt led to the ouster of Mubarak after three decades of authoritarian rule.

Ebrahimi also pointed to recent anti-Iran allegations by the [P]GCC, and described such remarks as a “blame game.”

In a statement last week, the council accused Iran of interfering in the internal affairs of Persian Gulf states, including Bahrain.

“Everyone knows what countries have deployed troops to Bahrain and have now turned to arresting and torturing Bahrainis,” he said.

“Crimes that have been committed in this country are not defendable,” the Iranian parliamentarian noted.

Ebrahimi also rapped the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) for its inaction regarding the killings of Bahrainis by the Manama regime and said many members of the OIC kept silent in the face of the Bahraini regime crimes “because they are under the influence of US policies.”

Anti-government protests against the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty in Bahrain began in mid-February.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in crisis-hit Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed crackdown on Bahraini anti-government protests.

Scores of Bahraini protesters have been killed and many others gone missing during the harsh crackdown.

The Human Rights Watch reports that more than 400 opposition activists and protesters have been arrested in Bahrain in recent weeks.

The nations that have risen up today have been under dictatorial rule for years, and they have now risen to free themselves from this situation, Deputy Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Hossein Ebrahimi said on Sunday.

Ebrahimi referred to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and said his “removal from power is one of the demands of the Yemenis and if he steps down, [the Yemeni] people will decide for their future in a democratic process.”

On Saturday, Yemen's ruling General People's Congress (GPC) finally accepted a proposal by mediators from Arab states of the Persian Gulf that called for Saleh to step down.

The [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) had called on Saleh to leave office and hand over power to his vice president within 30 days in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

The Iranian lawmaker further noted that Egyptians have also embarked on the same democratic process, adding that “after [Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak's ouster, the country's constitution changed,” and the Egyptians now seek to hold a new presidential election.

In February, a revolution in Egypt led to the ouster of Mubarak after three decades of authoritarian rule.

Ebrahimi also pointed to recent anti-Iran allegations by the [P]GCC, and described such remarks as a “blame game.”

In a statement last week, the council accused Iran of interfering in the internal affairs of Persian Gulf states, including Bahrain.

“Everyone knows what countries have deployed troops to Bahrain and have now turned to arresting and torturing Bahrainis,” he said.

“Crimes that have been committed in this country are not defendable,” the Iranian parliamentarian noted.

Ebrahimi also rapped the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) for its inaction regarding the killings of Bahrainis by the Manama regime and said many members of the OIC kept silent in the face of the Bahraini regime crimes “because they are under the influence of US policies.”

Anti-government protests against the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty in Bahrain began in mid-February.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in crisis-hit Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed crackdown on Bahraini anti-government protests.

Scores of Bahraini protesters have been killed and many others gone missing during the harsh crackdown.

The Human Rights Watch reports that more than 400 opposition activists and protesters have been arrested in Bahrain in recent weeks.

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