Iran's two most influential religious leaders -- the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Ayatollah Taleghani -- appear to have resolved the nation's leadership crisis.
SV EXTERIOR Crowd in Teheran gathers around vehicle with picture of Ayatollah Khomeini on bonnet
SV Troops holding poster of Ayatollah Taleghani and PLO leader Yasser Arafat (2 shots)
SV Streets lined with troops and crowds as military vehicles drive past (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Armoured tanks and military vehicles filled with people
GV Crowds in street watch as Phantom jets fly overhead (2 shots)
Despite a call for the armed forces to turn out for the parade in full uniform, and with their weapons, most ignored the request. Only a dozen Chieftain tanks took part, together with about ten armoured personnel carriers, and a few anti-aircraft guns on trailers. Almost no navy personnel and few airmen were present.
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Background: 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.