What is the form of government in Iran?
The simple truth is that Iraq as currently constituted can never be a stable democracy, and thus American warfighters sent there to shore up Maliki's faltering regime are likely to find themselves defending a dictatorship. Here, in five concise points, are the reasons democracy is not feasible in Iraq.
- El Salvador's population numbers 6,408,111. Ethnically, 78% of Salvadorans are mixed (mixed Indigenous Native American and European Spanish origin). Another 12% is of pure European descent, other 10% are pure indigenous descent, 0.12% black people and others 0.64%.
- El Salvador has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons. Temperatures vary primarily with elevation and show little seasonal change. The Pacific lowlands are uniformly hot and humid; the central plateau and mountain areas are more moderate.
- El Salvador is known as the Land of Volcanoes. It has frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. El Salvador is the only country in Central America that does not have a coastline on the Caribbean Sea. Coffee, sugar, corn, rice, shrimp, and beef are the main agricultural products in El Salvador.
At the top of Iran's power structure is the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who succeeded Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian Revolution, upon Khomeini's death in 1989. Khomeini and Khamenei are the only two men to have held the office since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
- It also incorrectly states that “[a] unitary system on the other hand is just one central government and no state governments.” The response earned 1 point for correctly stating that Iran has a unitary system, but it incorrectly identifies Great Britain as a country that has a federal system and thus earned no point.
- At the top of Iran's power structure is the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who succeeded Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian Revolution, upon Khomeini's death in 1989. Khomeini and Khamenei are the only two men to have held the office since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
- Name of Iran. In the Western world, Persia (or one of its cognates) was historically the common name for Iran. On the Nowruz of 1935, Reza Shah Pahlavi asked foreign delegates to use the term Iran, the endonym of the country, in formal correspondence.
Iran. Iran has been described as a "theocratic republic" (by the CIA World Factbook), and its constitution a "hybrid" of "theocratic and democratic elements" by Francis Fukuyama. Like other Islamic states, it maintains religious laws and has religious courts to interpret all aspects of law.
- Iran's first Supreme Leader was Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The Assembly of Experts, a council of 82 elected clerics, was charged with electing, supervising and even disqualifying the Supreme Leader. In 1989 when Khomeini died, the assembly selected Ayatollah Khamenei, who was then serving as president.
- Saudi Arabia is an Islamic theocracy. Religious minorities do not have the right to practice their religion. Non-Muslim propagation is banned, and conversion from Islam to another religion is punishable by death as apostasy.
- The Taliban state in Afghanistan (1996–2001) was similar. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, various fundamentalist Muslim groups are striving to establish theocratic forms of government in Algeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan, Turkey, and other Islamic countries.
Updated: 2nd October 2019