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Iran: The stuggle for changeIran: The struggle for change

Who holds the power
Iran: Who holds the power
Electorate

Women and young people were the main bloc of voters who brought Mohammad Khatami the presidency twice. Boys and girls under the age of 16 and not eligible to vote themselves were seen in the elections of 1997 taking their parents to vote, with plenty of advice on which candidates to pick. Of a total population of about 65 million, more than 35 million people are eligible. Some eight million of them were born after the 1979 revolution. The popular revolutionary slogan then was "Freedom, Independence and an Islamic Republic". Freedom is still the cry of today's generation but they also shout for justice, economic and administrative reform, prosperity, spirituality and the rule of law.

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