كارگاه‌هاي آموزش دستورنامه رابرت (كادرها)

First Iranian Political Party With Parliamentary Authority

Monday 6 July 2020 by Editorial

The fourth meeting of sponsors group establishing fist Iranian political reformist party took place on Saturday, June 28. 2020 (Tir 7. 1399) at the Office of Robert’s Rules Workshops in Tehran, Iran. The most distinctive characteristic of this new emerging political party is that it approved the Persian translation of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised 10th Edition as its "Parliamentary Authority".

When an organisation approves the book as its parliamentary authority, then it commits itself to uphold by all the rules embodied in it. But the Iranian don’t know Robert’s Rules of Order at all. Then what approving the book does early mean? And how it does become even possible?

In response to such questions, it requires to begin with one of the main members of sponsors group namely Mr Sh.

He is a business and social entrepreneur with a long career relationship with the Persian translator of Robert’s Rules of Order. And because of the mutual personal trust, he accepted to participate in the first Robert’s Rules of Order Workshop launched for the first time in Iran more than8 years ago.

That workshop took nearly 60 meetings and Mr Sh attended at all of them.

But despite all serious attempts that workshop was somehow a failure.

It needs to explain that at the early workshops, the trainer tried to educate Rules of Order to the participants while he has not yet learnt them as a whole system and he has not yet obtained the necessary skills for presiding a deliberative assembly.

During over more than 6 years of continuous endeavour to teach Robert’s Rules of Order to the interested Iranian social activities, the first Iranian trainer gradually obtained necessary skills for presiding assemblies according to Robert’s Rules.

At this stage, the sponsors’ group for establishing the "Main Association" reorganized with all of those who participated in the first workshop, and, of course, Mr Shahriyari again was one of them.

Fortunately, the second workshop was relatively successful, and its main factor is that the assembly is presiding according to Robert’s Rules of Order and the participants are able to experience them practically.

Offer this new practical experience, most of the participants wish to build up new societies within the presidency of the trainer.

Thus, when some political activists were discussing organizing a new party, Mr Shi suggested them to establish the party according to Robert’s Rules of Order as the parliamentary authority and all of the primary sponsors’ group agreed.

Till now, the sponsors have convened four sessions whose presiding officer was the first Iranian self-educated professional parliamentarian.

The sponsors’ number also has increased to fifteen and all of them appreciated the new approach based on Robert’s Rules of Order.

New Experience At International Level

It seems that the obtained experiences through localisation of Robert’s Rules of Order ln Iran during over more than a decade continues endeavour are worth internationally.

It is obvious that the Anglo-Saxon culture knows the parliamentary procedure naturally and historically. Because it created it during his nation’s struggle for rule of law. And the concept of the rule of law was promoted across the rest of the world through the globalization.

Therefore, one who is out of this culture can understand rule of law deeply and exactly only when he would understand the parliamentary procedure as codified and embedded and reasoned in Robert’s Rules of Order.

Indeed, the parliamentary procedure in such meaning, metaphorically saying, resembles the invisible part of the iceberg that is within the surface of an ocean.

At the fist sponsors’ meeting took place one month ago, after briefing Robert’s Rules of Order, the presiding officer - who is the first and sole Iranian professional parliamentarian, asked the floor let him explain them the first Parliamentary principle which acknowledged in the English Parliament 1581, but it is yet unknown in Iranian regular assembly.

The president then explained the floor how he will suggest most needed parliamentary procedures and rules during conducting the businesses according to their importance.

The experiences showed this method works and the main point is only one thing: a professional parliamentarian is needed to preside the assembly and, of course, a floor who acknowledges the necessity of the logical and justice rules and procedures.

Alternative Credo

One of the main sponsors’ group’s tasks is to draft the political credo of establishing a new party. The founding session which will have to take place in the near future would approve it.

It is evident that a distinctive and unique and genuine credo would have a significant role in any political party’s success.

It isn’t yet certain what kind of credo may be approved at the next meetings. But there is no doubt that any radical political reformist Credo aimed at real rule of law should be based on a new and alternative approach emerging out of Robert’s Rules of Order.

The political struggle naturally will continue, and an alternative and comprehensive discourse surely will emerge based on Robert’s Rules of Order in the near future.


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