Iran Government Legitimacy

Two quotes from this article give a fair comparison of the relative positions of the EU and Iran.

“Obviously the regime is trying to preserve its position by very harsh repression,” said Carl Bildt, Sweden’s foreign minister, whose country takes over the EU’s rotating presidency on 1 July. “But that cannot hide the fact that this is a weakened regime. It has lost legitimacy both internally and externally.”


On Friday a senior cleric, Ahmed Khatami, lashed out at Britain in a televised sermon. “In this unrest, Britons have behaved very mischievously and it is fair to add the slogan of ‘down with England’ to the slogan of ‘down with USA,'” he said. He also called for the execution of what he called “rioters’ leaders”. The previous week Khamenei had criticised Britain as the “most evil” country.

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