April 27, 2010
Democracy a Myth in Iran
Japan Times, Japan Times
The government in Iran has announced that it has banned the country's two remaining official opposition parties. With this move, the prospect of political change through elections is over — Iran no longer has a legal opposition. This completes the consolidation of power in the hands of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organization were banned after leaders from the parties were sentenced to prison. Mr. Mohsen Mirdamadi and Mr. Davood Soleimani of the Islamic Iran Participation Front and Mr. Mostafa Tajzadeh of the Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organization were found guilty of illegal assembly, conspiring against national security and propagating...