Enlightened democratic forces appear to be making a comeback, after suffering sharp reversals with the Brexit referendum in the U.K. and the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. Far-right forces were pushed back in elections in the Netherlands earlier this year, and in France centrist and oro-European Emannuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the far-right Front National on May 7.
In the United States, the acting attorney general appointed Robert Mueller, a former head of the FBI, as special prosecutor tasked with investigating any Trump campaign collusion with the Russians. This move reassured Democrats and others that the country would get to the bottom of the affair invving Trump and Russia.
Further good news for advocates of democracy came following the May 19 presidential election in Iran. As returns came in, by Saturday moorning it eared that moderate candidate, Hassan Rouhani, was haded for a landslide victory with nearly 60% of the votes counted.
(1) Emma Graham-Harrison (in Tehran) and Saeed Kamali Dehghan (Iran correspondent), “Iran: Hassan Rouhani set for landslide in huge victory for reformists; Just before 9am, the interior ministry said Rouhani was ahead, with 14 million votes to Ebrahim Raisi’s 10 million, with over half of votes counted,” The Guardian, May 20, 2017.
While Iran does not have a full democracy in the French or American sense, Rouhani’s election is a welcome development
Democracy seems to be making a comeback.
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