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What makes the Iranian opposition a viable alternative to the Mullahs' regime?
Throughout Iran, the Iranian people are standing up through protests and demonstrations to call for change. The demonstrations have resulted in chants that call for regime change.

Throughout Iran, the Iranian people are standing up through protests and demonstrations to call for change. The demonstrations have resulted in chants that call for regime change. The international community, however, remembers the Arab Spring, and the fact that for many citizens, the reality of change did not materialize. Instead, one dictatorship was replaced with another.

Iran's situation is markedly different. Not only is there an organized democratic alternative available, they have also defined how the transition of power will take place and given a timeline for elections. The Iranian people would have the opportunity to make their voices heard politically without the heavy hand of the Supreme Leader determining who could run for office.

What makes the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) a viable alternative? Here are 8 key reasons why.

The NCRI is organized, with ministries that match the Iranian government. Each of those ministries and departments are following developments in Iran, as well as reaching out to other governments. They have created a functioning alternative, one that is organized to meet the needs of the Iranian people.

The NCRI is a coalition of opposition groups, with a laser-focus on regime change. Their leadership is sophisticated and capable of dealing with the ruling theocracy by appealing to the public, as well as unifying them around the idea and benefits of a democratic Iran.

They have the platform to represent the aspirations of the population and are consistent with international norms. Thus, they have the capacity to lead the country forward with clear demarcations from the previous dictatorship and the current theocracy to create a democracy based on the needs of the Iranian people, instead of consolidating power and exploiting Iran's resources.

The NCRI is also diverse, reflecting Iranians from all walks of life. It encompasses different political tendencies and promotes the rights of all different ethnicities and religious minorities in Iran. Additionally, the coalition enjoys broad support, both within and outside of Iran.

During the past 40 years of the Iranian regime, the NCRI and its members have been willing to endure hardships and risked their own lives and reputations to achieve the goal of a democratic Iran, and their record is one of sacrifice and willingness to make the connections within the international community to advance the movement.

In line with the previous point, the NCRI has achieved international recognition, with multiple leaders from countries throughout the globe meeting with their leadership. They are also maintaining offices in strategic countries, allowing them to present information through channels that will disseminate it to a broad number of people. Additionally, building these international connections allows them to marshal pressure against the regime.

The NCRI has shown it is a competent alternative to the regime, highlighting how the regime is acting to sustain its own power at the expense of the Iranian people. Additionally, the coalition continues to sustain a complex anti-government campaign that allows them to expose the activities of the regime.

The Iranian opposition poses a genuine alternative to the regime and that is clear by the actions of the regime against the opposition. If they did not see the opposition being positioned to oust the regime, the mullahs would not fight so hard against it. They even have to acknowledge the opposition when dealing with foreign interlocutors.

In short, the regime is not as deeply entrenched as they would appear to be. With 37 years of experience and dedication, the NCRI and its President-elect Maryam Rajavi are the genuine alternative for a free Iran. On June 30, the NCRI will gather in Paris at its annual rally, "Free Iran". This event continues to grow, showing evidence of the support for the NCRI.

During the process, the international community can meet the future leaders of Iran as they build support for regime change, not just changes within the regime itself.

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