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Turkey hails Iran's political system
Turkish President Abdullah Gul
Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:41PM
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Turkish President Abdullah Gul says the Islamic Republic of Iran's political structure is very different from the states in the region struggling with unrest.

He said Iran, with its different system of governance, has a democratic political structure that is different from the autocracies that are experiencing popular unrest in the region.

One must not forget that at least 5-6 different presidents have been elected in Iran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, while in Africa one person was in power, IRNA quoted the Turkish president as saying on Wednesday.

Gul warned against sectarian violence in the Muslim world in the wake of the uprisings and urged regional leaders to refrain from endangering their own citizens.

Pro-democracy protests in Arab countries started in Tunisia where a popular revolution resulted in the historic overthrow of the country's ruler Zine El Abidin Ben Ali.

Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14, 2011 after days of street protests put an end to his 23-year rule.

Inspired by the uprising in Tunisia, Egyptians, Libyans and the people of Bahrain staged similar pro-democracy protests calling on their countries' long-time rulers to give up power.

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