The month of Ramadan ended in Iran on Tuesday (12 August) with devoted Muslims marking the occasion in prayer, and official visitors calling at the home of the country's religious leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini.
GV PAN Large crowd gathered in Teheran at sunset for prayers marking end of Ramadan (4 shots)
SV PAN Ayatollah Kalkhali arriving at Ayatollah Khomeini's residence
SV PAN Iran's Minister of the Interior, Mohammad Reza Mahdoui-Kani, arriving at Ayatollah Khomeini's residence.
SV President Abolhassan Bani Sadr arriving in Mercedes (3 shots)
SV PAN Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh arriving and greeted by revolutionary guards
SV Ayatollah Beheshti arriving and greeted by revolutionary guards (2 shots)
SV Various Islamic diplomatic corps members entering Khomeini's residence (3 shots)
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Background: The month of Ramadan ended in Iran on Tuesday (12 August) with devoted Muslims marking the occasion in prayer, and official visitors calling at the home of the country's religious leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini.
SYNOPSIS: Large crowds gathered in the Iranian capital, Teheran, at sunset. Their prayers officially completed Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which rigid fasting is observed. The month is characterised by an abstention from food, drink and sexual intercourse from dawn until dusk.
Ayatollah Khomeini received a steady stream of visitors at his house, among them the roving Islamic judge, Ayatollah Kalkhali.
Another visitor, Iran's Minister of the Interior, Mohammad Reza Mahdoui-Kani.
President Abolhassan Bani Sadr also called. On Saturday (9 August) he nominated a Muslim fundamentalist, Mohammed Ali Rajai as his prime minister. He was not the president's choice, but the Iranian parliament elected Mr. Rajai on Monday (11 August).
Foreign Minister, Sadeq Qotbzadeh, is one of the people who will be affected if there is a change in the cabinet. The election of Mr. Rajai ends a two month impasse between Bani Sadr and the parliament, which is dominated by the Islamic Republican Party.
When Ayatollah Beheshti arrived he was greeted by revolutionary guards. Beheshti was keen to see Mr. Rajai as Prime Minister. In recent weeks Ayatollah Khomeini's speeches have concentrated on asking Muslims around the world to learn from Iran's Islamic revolution. He's distanced himself from the selection of a prime minister, even though ministers and politicians visit him often. At one stage his grandson's name was mentioned as a possible nominee, but the Ayatollah ruled this out saying no member of his family should hold the post.
Various aspects of the revolution were commended to diplomats who visited the Ayatollah. The Ayatollah told them the Iranian parliament was made up of ordinary people and the president could speak to the people without fear. He said the people and the government had become united, and that these were the aspects of the revolution which Iran wanted to export to other countries.