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THEOCRACY. A species of government which claims to be immediately directed by God.
     2. La religion qui, dans l'antiquite, s'associa souvent au despotisms, pour regner. par son bras ou a son ombrage, a quelquefois tents de regner seule. Clest ce qu'elle appelait le regne de Dieu, la thiocratie. Matter, De l'influence des Moeurs sur les lois, et de l'influence dos Lois sur les moeurs, 189. Religion, which in former times, frequently associated itself with despotism, to reign, by its power, or under its shadow, has sometimes attempted to reign alone, and this she has called the reign of God, theocracy.

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But President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, whose second and final term ends in August 2013, belongs to a nationalist current which wants the theocracy to end.
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The behaviour of the Safawi extremists has been added to Iran's list of antagonists whose strike resources, combined with those of the US Congress and the powerful Jewish lobby in Washington, are far beyond the means of the theocracy which Israel describes as the world's main source of terrorism.
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The Imam's successor, he says, then a mid-ranking Hujjat ul-Islam Ali Khamenei, has since becoming the theocracy's "Supreme Leader" with a hurriedly-assumed title of "Ayatullah" gradually "destroyed the essence of the republic" and turned the theocracy into a "Stalinist/Nazi dictatorship" based on Safawism.
His comments were an indication that the first poll since his disputed 2009 re-election could turn into a big challenge for the theocracy and Khamenei as he continued to defy his powerful foes.
The Arabs of Iran's petroleum- and water-rich Arabistan (Khuzestan) accuse the theocracy of racial discrimination and of diverting their Karun River - which they call the source of great civilisations - to Isfahan.
The nationalist current wants to see the theocracy end.
Assad's regime is the most vital element of Iran's axis, providing Tehran with sectarian and geo-strategic bridges for the theocracy to reach its Lebanese Shi'ite unit Hizbullah and key allies in the Mediterranean, as well as other parts of the GME.