December 8, 2014

AFTER THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION PHASE:

A light on Iran's dark powers (Monitor's Editorial Board  DECEMBER 8, 2014, CS Monitor)

On Monday, Mr. Rouhani boldly stated that Iran should eliminate the consolidation of power "in a single body." Right now, almost all religious and secular authority in Iran lies with an unelected "supreme" leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his network of agents, such as the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Candidates for Iran's controlled elections must meet the ayatollah's approval.

In the 2013 election, for example, Rouhani, who was the closest candidate that could be called a reformer, was the supreme leader's least favorite. Yet Rouhani, a Scottish-educated Muslim cleric, won the vote. Now governing as the people's choice, the president felt courageous enough to call for a separation of powers. That universal principle is necessary, he said, to "keep power under control."

"Whatever in the society is not competitive and is monopolistic with monopolized management, is wrong," he said.

He might as well have been quoting James Madison.

Posted by at December 8, 2014 5:47 PM
  

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