Iran commemorates the 34th anniversary of a referendum in which Iranians voted for the establishment of the Islamic Republic following the collapse of the Shah’s regime. In a two-day referendum held on 30-31 March 1979, Iranians overwhelmingly voted “yes” to establish an Islamic Republic.
Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian revolution, had famously said that a new generation of Iranians needed a referendum because the regime they had was not of their choosing but that of their parents and grandparents. Now after more than three decades after the referendum, a new generation of Iranians has come to replace their parents and grandparents. Is it the time then for a new referendum?
File photo: Overwhelming majority of Iranians voted in favor of the establishment of the Islamic Republic. March 1979 (IRNA)