Iranian President Abolhassan bani-Sadr was appointed on Thursday night (7 February) head of the ruling Revolutionary Council.
6 FEBRUARY, 1980 (TEHRANM IRAN) (REUTERS TEHRAN)
SV & GV U.S. delegation stepping out of bus outside hotel in Teheran
SV Delegates walking along footpath and talking to newsmen
SV Delegates entering hotel
GV Demonstrators outside US embassy and gates being blocked (3 shots)
SCU President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr walking and speaking with newsmen in Farsi
GV & SV Revolutionary Council Secretary, Ayatollah Mohammad Behoshti speaking to newsmen in Farsi with some English speech
Background: Iranian President Abolhassan bani-Sadr was appointed on Thursday night (7 February) head of the ruling Revolutionary Council. The post gives him executive powers over the nation's affairs, and puts him at the head of the Islamic Assembly, which will replace the Council. On Wednesday (6 February), forty-nine Americans arrived in Teheran as guests of the Moslem students holding the hostages in the United States Embassy.
SYNOPSIS: The group came at the invitation of the students to take part in celebrations for the first anniversary of the Iranian revolution. The visitors were also going to study the situation in Iran. At the airport, immigration officials detained the group for four hours, because of alleged visa problems, and barred reporters from speaking to them.
While the visitors checked into their hotel, there was a small demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy. The students were protesting the release of National Guidance Minister, Nasser Minachi, whom they claimed had supplied information to, and had links with, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
After ordering the Minister's release, President Bani-Sadr told newsmen that Iran has a constitutional law, and that legal procedures should follow in such cases. In a newspaper interview published earlier on Wednesday (6 February), he accused the students of acting in a self-centred way, like a government within a government. It was his fiercest attack on the students, whom he has criticised for holding the hostages since last November the fourth.
The secretary of the Revolutionary Council, Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, told newsmen the council was studying new proposals for an international commission to investigate the former Shah's alleged crimes against his country. Mr. Beheshti declined to give details of the proposals. Legal sources said the Iranian case was based on the Shah's alleged violations of the former constitution, and on allegations of murder, torture and embezzlement.
The Carter administration in Washington says it is still working on a solution to the hostage crisis. The United States' decision on Thursday (7 February) to shelve its trade sanctions against Iran was seen as a goodwill gesture towards President Bani-Sadr. American officials say the sanctions have been informally in abeyance since mid-January, but they deny they are considering any deal over the hostages, who have been held for almost one hundred days.