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Transitional period for transfer of power to the Iranian people

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The clerical regime has usurped the popular sovereignty of the Iranian people which is their most critical right.

According to the first article of the NCRI’s platform, the provisional government, which has resulted from resistance, is “essentially tasked with transferring power to the Iranian people.”

This duty shall be fulfilled at the end of a maximum 6-month period after the clerical regime’s overthrow by forming a national assembly through free and popular elections, with direct, equal and secret ballots cast by the Iranian people.

As soon as the national assembly has been formed and expresses readiness to fulfill its responsibilities and obligations, the provisional government shall hand over its resignation to the assembly.

The Constitution based on freedom, democracy and equality

We are determined to build a free and democratic society. 

A century ago, the Mojahedin of the Constitutional Movement sought to realize “justice, freedom, equality and unity.” Afterwards, the great nationalist leader of Iran, Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq, rose up and proclaimed, “The goal is to facilitate the participation of people in all respects and to empower them to run the country’s affairs.”

Subsequently, the Fedayeen and the PMOI and other vanguard activists opened the path to overthrowing the Shah’s dictatorship. 

And now, our Resistance – with a galaxy of fallen heroes and heroines from Ashraf Rajavi and Moussa Khiabani to Sedigheh Mojaveri and Neda Hassani to Zohreh Ghaemi and Giti Givechian – has arisen to ensure freedom of choice for each and every one of our fellow Iranians. 

We have rejected the ruling tyrannical regime. We have rejected a religion based on compulsion and misogyny. And we have rejected the Constitution of the velayat-e faqih.

Our Constitution respects freedom, democracy and equality

Our Constitution has not been drafted by the Assembly of Experts, which is a collection of criminals. Today, it remains engraved in the hearts of each and every Iranian. And, tomorrow, it will be drafted by elected representatives of the Iranian people in a Constituent Assembly. 

This Constitution is founded on a free, tolerant and progressive republic. It rests on pluralism, separation of religion and state, women’s equality and the active and equal participation of women in political leadership. 

We believe in equal rights for all ethnic and religious minorities and a society devoid of torture and executions. 

Free elections

We have said since the onset, and we repeat, that as soon as the mullahs hold a free election, provided that it is supervised by the UN, we will immediately accept it and there would be no reason for continuing our resistance. (July 3, 2003)

The Iranian resistance has declared that free elections is the yardstick upon which it bases its relations, including with the clerical regime. By free elections, we mean elections that are based on the principle of popular sovereignty, and not the velayat-e faqih and hegemony of the mullahs as stipulated in their Constitution.

We have time and again declared that we welcome a free election in Iran supervised by the UN or any other competent international agency.

Excerpted from the speech to the grand gathering of Iranians, 

Auvers-sur-Oise stadium, June 17, 2004


Maryam Rajavi

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

The President-elect of the NCRI for the period to transfer sovereignty to the people of Iran

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