18 February 2018
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas

  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • » 02/12/2018, 09.41


    Rouhani proposes 'a year of unity' and opens to referendum

    In celebrating the 39th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution, the president exalts the unity of the country and the constitution. The revolution was victorious when the people were united. Conservatives must allow everyone to run for election. All Iranians of all religions are revolutionaries.

    Teheran (AsiaNews / Agencies) - "I request that the 40th year of the revolution, the coming year, be the year of unity. I ask conservatives, reformists, moderates and all parties and all people to come and be together": This was the appeal that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made yesterday to the crowd gathered in Tehran, during a speech for the 39th anniversary of the Khomeini Islamic revolution.

    Rouhani's request comes after a turbulent beginning of the year for the Islamic republic, devastated by protests in which at least 25 people have lost their lives. For days, the Iranian president has been pressing conservatives to see the protests and discontent in the country as a driving force for change: "We should trust the people. We must allow all inclinations to participate in elections," Rouhani continued. " Our revolution was victorious when we were all together... All Iranian races, all Iranian religions, Shiites and Sunnis, Muslims, Christians, Jews and Zaroastrians -- whoever believes in the constitution, that is our criteria. He is a revolutionary and he must be respected".

    Rouhani also opens up to the possibility of holding a referendum - allowed by art. 59 of the constitution, but in disuse for decades - on "differences of opinion": "Bring the ballot box and according to the article 59 of the constitution, whatever people say, act accordingly ". His words found immediate support on social media, where numerous tweets appeared with the hashtag #referendum. The president did not specify which issues could be addressed by referendum, although it is likely the reference to the debate on social liberties, ignited by the protest of the Iranian women against the obligatory veil.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version

    See also

    18/10/2004 IRAN
    A Protestant minister who converted from Islam risks the death penalty for apostasy

    According to the Education Ministry, every day 50 young Iranians secretly convert to Christianity.

    02/02/2018 09:22:00 IRAN
    29 Iranian women arrested for protesting obligatory veil

    Women  forced to cover heads since 1979. The protest movement at its peak since December. Iranian activist: they are saying 'enough'. There is still discontent in the country, which erupted last month in violent protests against the regime.

    21/10/2008 KUWAIT
    Two female Kuwaiti ministers risk "dismissal" for not wearing the veil
    A parliamentary committee has decided that their attire, without the hijab, violates the constitution and the electoral law. The matter will now be submitted to a vote in parliament.

    01/02/2018 18:17:00 IRAN
    Rouhani: 'listen to the voice of the people' or suffer the same fate of the shah

    The president delivers a televised speech to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. After last month's demonstrations, calm is back in Iranian streets, but dissent continues. Several young women and one man protest against compulsory head covering.

    28/07/2016 09:32:00 IRAN
    Presidential elections set for May 19, 2017. Risks for Rouhani

    The President is loved by Iranians that opens the relations with the international community. But the conservative fringes show the few benefits received. The Iranian economy is still blocked thanks to the US, which maintain the embargo on the use of the dollar in financial transactions.

    Editor's choices

    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".

    Card. Zen on the bishops of Shantou and Mindong

    Card. Joseph Zen

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong confirms the information published in recent days by AsiaNews and reveals details of his conversation with Pope Francis on these topics: "Do not create another Mindszenty case", the primate of Hungary whom the Vatican forced to leave the country, appointing a successor in Budapest, at the will of the communist government of the time. 


    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.


    News feed

    Canale RSSRSS channel 


    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®