Iran Commemorates Islamic Republic Day
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranians on Thursday marked the 42nd anniversary of the historic referendum in which they overwhelmingly voted for the establishment of the Islamic Republic following the collapse of the US-backed Pahlavi regime in 1979.
In a landmark two-day referendum held on March 30-31, 1979, less than two months after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, over 98.2 percent of eligible Iranians voted for the establishment of an Islamic Republic in the country.
As a result of the referendum, Iran was declared an Islamic Republic, and was given a new official name - the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In a special statement at the time, the Supervisory Board of the country said the event was "crucial for Iran and the entire world as it opened a new chapter in the history of our country and in the history of Islam".
The Islamic Republic was established in line with the popular motto of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that called for “Independence, Freedom and the Islamic Republic” for the country.
Since then, the Iranian nation annually celebrates Farvardin 12 on the solar calendar year, which falls on April 1 in normal years and March 31 in leap years, as the anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The day is referred to as the Islamic Republic Day.
The Islamic Revolution, led by late Imam Khomeini, established a new political system based on Islamic values and democracy.
Iran marks Islamic Republic Day on Farvardin 12 on the solar calendar, which falls on April 1 this year.