PSCI 1024 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Guardian Council, Mazhilis, Iranian Revolution

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Iran is a theocratic state but with some features of presidential and parliamentary democracy: Administrative divisions: unites state (30 provinces) + capital province in. Looks very democratic in many ways: has 3 main branches of gov"t & in terms of labeling political institutions it has president (who is directly elected by public) & parliament (also elected by popular vote) Have left and right wings in parliament=good case when making policies. Council can veto legislation (guardian council is a 12 member body, linking body b/w iatoa, safe guards political values & ideology of 1979 revolution) Judicial branch: controlled by religious conservatives, with islamic law the basis of the system. Elections: president elected by input of guardian council and supreme. Political party system: multiparty system with restrictions (like france, but unlike british they have a written constitution) Iranian constitution in theory guards religious theories of groups. Article 26 of the 1979 islamic republic of iran"s constitution permits the.

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