Iran's two most influential religious leaders -- the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Ayatollah Taleghani -- appear to have resolved the nation's leadership crisis.
Iran's two most influential religious leaders -- the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Ayatollah Taleghani -- appear to have resolved the nation's leadership crisis. On Friday (20 April), the streets of Teheran were quiet, following a pact agreed upon between the two Islamic leaders in the holy city of Qom.
SYNOPSIS: Ayatollah Khomeini organised an "Islamic Forces Day" on Wednesday (18 April) as a public demonstration of Islamic unity. The posters also depicted the popularity of Ayatollah Taleghani, a moderate Moslem leader, based in Teheran. Ten thousand Iranian troops and hundreds of thousands of civilians took part in the parade through the streets of the capital.
Only a few days earlier, Ayatollah Taleghani went into hiding to protest against what he called "the trampled rights of the Iranian people". In tape recorded messages, he also warned that Iran was relapsing into a dictatorship. But, after talks in Qom, Ayatollah Taleghani pledged his allegiance to Ayatollah Khomeini. He said he had always supported Ayatollah Khomeini's struggle and leadership of the Islamic revolution. This statement, made on television and radio, ended speculation that he might turn against Ayatollah Khomeini's leadership.
The vast crowd which attended the parade put on more of a display than the military did. Only three Phantom jets took part in what was to have been a spectacular flypast.