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Sanctions Unable to Undermine Iran
  Despite the Western countries' claims, sanctions have failed to leave a great impact on Iran as it was well displayed in the high public turnout in Iran's Friday legislative polls.
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Tuesday 6 March 2012 12:57
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Sanctions Unable to Undermine Iran
Bfnews: The United States and the European Union have recently stepped up sanctions on Iran, including a freezing of the Iranian central bank's assets.

But according to the USA Today, analysts believe that if the Western governments are counting on economic deprivation to bring radical change in Iran, they will be disappointed.

"History shows that sanctions do not yield regime change - this is particularly true for states that emerged out of revolutions," said Middle East analyst Arshin Adib-Moghaddam of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

The Iranian revolution of 1979 overthrew Iran's monarchy and replaced it with the Islamic Republic that remains to this day. Vaez says there is little evidence that the sanctions would spur Iranians to withdraw their support for the Islamic establishment or pressure it to change course, as US President Obama and other western leaders hope.

"They know that the West is putting this pressure on the Iranian people with the hope that they would actually revolt against this system, but this is highly unlikely to happen, mainly because there is no alternative to this regime," he said.

The high public turnout in the parliamentary elections on Friday once again displayed Iranians' wide support for the Islamic ruling system.

The Iranian Interior Minister announced on Monday that according to the final results of the Friday Parliamentary polls in the country, ۶۴% of eligible voters had participated in the elections, an unprecedented level of public turnout in legislative polls in the last decade which shows Iranians' strong support for the Islamic Establishment and the Supreme Leader.

According to the final results announced by Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, around 31million ballot papers have been cast in boxes in the ۹th parliamentary elections throughout the country on Friday, meaning that 64% of the 48 million eligible voters in the country have participated in the elections.

The figure showed also a 13% increase in public turnout compared with the eighth and seventh parliamentary elections in Iran. Public turnout in both the seventh and eighth rounds of parliamentary elections stood at 51.15% and 51%, respectively.

The turnout was so high on Friday that the Interior Ministry was made to extend the deadline four times. Polling was really heavy since ۸ a.m. local time (0430 GMT) on Friday and in many polling stations large numbers of the people had queued to be the first to cast their vote in the ballot box even three hours before polling centers opened.

The foreign journalists were astounded after they witnessed large crowds of people queuing at the polling stations even hours before voting officially started.

Reformists who somehow viewed as a kind of opposition were present in the elections with candidates in three different lists, but they were not received by the people, an even which further proved people's love and support for the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic ruling system.

Analysts say Iranians' massive participation in the Friday elections had a clear message for the West. Political observers, even those in the West, believe that Iranians gave a crushing response to the US war rhetoric through their massive participation in the Friday elections.

The level of Iranians' public participation in the Friday polls - the first nationwide elections after the 2009 unrests in Tehran - also showed people's strong opposition to the seditionist moves started and led by the then presidential candidates, Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi, after their defeat in the June 12, 2009 presidential election in Iran.

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