Two months after the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, the referendum, which was suggested by the late Imam Khomeini (may his soul rest in peace) was held on 30 and 31 March 1980.

Iran PressIran news: On April 1, 1979 (12th of Farvardin on Iranian calendar), a historic day, the results of the referendum were announced, with 98.2 percent of the public voting for the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Since then, the historic day of 1st April has been named as 'The Islamic Republic Day' (in Persian this is known as 'Ruz e Jomhuri ye Esl?mi').

As a matter of fact, April 1, represents genuine democracy in Islamic Iran -- a democracy which came about through the ballot box, through the votes of the Iranian people.

And above all, the late Imam Khomeini's decision to hold the referendum gave the Islamic Republic indisputable democratic credentials, status and credibility, and this historic move brought dignity, grandeur and true independence for the great nation of Iran.

The 1st April referendum was based on the fundamental principle that the people should decide their own political future through the ballot box, and institutionalized the idea that it is the peoples' votes that counts and is the most important.

So one could say that the Islamic Republic of Iran was from the very beginning, formed through a democratic referendum, and this democratic credential has been evident throughout the past 40 years with many free and fair elections held, many governments from across the political spectrum coming to power, proving that democracy in Iran is genuinely based on peoples' votes.105/211/203


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