Former Iranian oil chief Hassan Nazih has been removed from his post as head of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and ordered to report to the public prosecutor.
SV & CU Chanting demonstrators marching behind pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini and other placards through the street of Abadan (4 SHOTS)
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CU &SV Demonstrators marching and chanting (4 SHOTS)
SV PAN Chanting women marching behind portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini
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Background: Former Iranian oil chief Hassan Nazih has been removed from his post as head of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and ordered to report to the public prosecutor. Mr. Nazih's post has been absorbed by a newly-created position of Oil Minister. His sacking comes after a campaign waged against him by Iran's ruling clergy? and its supporters including demonstrators in Abadan. On Sunday (30 September) Mr. Nazih's whereabouts were not known.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators took to the streets of Abadan on Friday (28 September) calling for Mr. Nazih's dismissal. Abadan is the site of the world's largest oil refinery, and oil workers from there angry about Mr. Nazih's alleged failure to sack former supporters of the Shah from the company's staff. They were also demanding a revolutionary salary plan to reduce differentials between white and blue collar workers in the industry.
On the same day, unofficial head of State Ayatollah Khomeini announced that Mr. Nazih had committed "wrongs" and would stand trial.
Behind the argument over Mr. Nazih' position is thought to be a fundamental conflict between the Islamic clergy and the government of Mr. Mehdi Bazargan, which appointed Mr. Nazih. The clergy say Mr. Nazih has failed to purge his top management; the government has backed Mr. Nazih in his claim that he needed to retain his oil experts for the good of the company.
And finally it was the clergy which won the battle. For on Saturday (29 September) Ayatollah Khomeini announced that Mr. Nazih had been sacked and his place taken by a new Oil Minister.