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    INTRODUCTION: Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Rajai has been elected to the Presidency.

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    GV Man emptying ballot boxes, party officers sorting vote slips 0.32
    SV Armed guard at vote count centre 0.35
    SV INTERIOR Voting centre 0.38
    SV Man praying on bended knees 0.42
    SVs Religious posters of Ayatollah Khomeini (2 shots) 0.46
    SV INTERIOR Vote count centre TILT DOWN votes being counted (3 shots) 1.09
    CU Rifle and torch by vote slips 1.15
    SV Man counting votes (3 shots) 1.33
    GV Crowds in Teheran attending funeral 1.38
    GV Coffins of guards being carried through streets 1.54
    SV Women mourners, dressed in black 1.58
    SV Crowds trying to touch coffins being carried through streets 2.21

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    Background: TEHERAN, IRAN

    INTRODUCTION: Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Rajai has been elected to the Presidency. Broadcasts on Teheran radio say he won an overwhelming victory in the poll on Friday (24 July). According to incomplete election results, Mr. Rajai won 90 per cent of the 14 million votes cast. The 48-year-old former maths teacher will officially take office when all the results have been announced. The election was called following the dismissal of President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr in a power struggle with Iran's right-wing clergy.

    SYNOPSIS: Iran's government spokesman, Mr. Behzad Nabavi, said on Monday (27 July) that Mr. Rajai's election was an extremely important victory for supporters of the clergy-dominated government. Before voting started Mr. Bani-Sadr had called on Iranians to boycott the election. He claimed he was still the country's legal president. Mr. Bani-Sadr is thought to be in hiding somewhere in Iran. As President, he had seen highly critical of the clergy's role in politics.

    According to sources quoted by Reuters, Mr. Bani-Sadr also vetoed the appointment of several Moslem fundamentalists to cabinet posts. It was one of the of the moves which provoked the clergy's successful campaign to remove him.

    Solid backing from Iranians at the ballot box was crucial to the interests of the ruling clergy. Now they are expected to tighten further their grip on the running of the country's affairs. Figures quoted by Teheran radio indicated overwhelming support for Mr. Rajai, one of four official candidates contesting the election.

    Voting took place in 88 constituencies. About 24 million people were eligible to vote -- a higher figure than during the election of Mr. Bani-Sadr. This time, the voting age was lowered from 16 to 15. Latest predictions say Mr. Rajai won about 12.9 million votes.

    Attempts were made by opposition groups to disrupt the elections according to Mr. Nabavi. Their efforts failed, though Teheran radio said 12 Islamic Revolutionary Guards were killed. They did not say how the men died. Large crowds took to the streets for the funeral of the twelve.

    After these street funerals, the government announced another batch of executions. Radio reports said 16 leftist opponents were shot in Teheran. They were members of the Mujahedin-E-Khalq (Peoples Combatants) group. Their leader, Mohammad Reza Sa'adati was accused of murder. The others were found guilty of armed uprising. It brought the total number of people executed in the past four weeks to about 250.


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