In Iran, the Ayatollah khomeini claimed on Thursday (29 March) that United States' inspired groups are fomenting religious disturbances in the country to overthrow his revolutionary government.
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YASDI: "Of course, since we have had the revolution and the revolution has succeeded to overthrow the old regime, and the slogan of the revolution has been the Islamic Republic. And one would assume that this doesn't need a referendum, however we would like to put this in more official and business-type so we are holding this referendum, as you said it, it will be on Friday, and Saturday, and the whole nation is getting prepared to go to the polls and vote on that. Well according to the constitution all citizens are being granted voting for the President and the Members of the Assembly. Men and women equally they have the right to vote or to be elected. The minorities will have the right to participate in the voting for the President. The minorities have a special provision to elect their own representative as in the case of the Jews or the Christians or the Croatian, so the right of the minorities will be protected. The voice of the minority will not be disappearing among the majority Moslems. So they will have their own representative in the assembly so they can speak of their own questions and problems and the other issues related to their own affairs. These are the highlights of it, as I said it will be democratic, the separation of the judiciary and the legislative parties, these are some of the items concerning the new constitution."
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Background: In Iran, the Ayatollah khomeini claimed on Thursday (29 March) that United States' inspired groups are fomenting religious disturbances in the country to overthrow his revolutionary government. In a statement on national radio, the Ayatollah said he had heard reports of new disturbances in north-west and south-east Iran. He appealed for religious unity throughout the country. Ayatollah khomeini spoke on the eve of a national referendum be held on Friday and Saturday (30 and 31 March) on his plans for a strict Islamic Republic. His statement was made as heavy fighting raged for the fourth consecutive day in the northeast town of Gonbad kavus, between pro-khomeini militiamen and Turkoman tribesmen who are seeking more rights. There were similar bloody battles last week in the west Iranian town of Sanandaj, when another minority group -- the kurds -- besieged an army garrison.
SYNOPSIS: Teheran, the capital, is quiet. Some six weeks after the February uprising, the lives on the people of Teheran are returning to normal. Most people in the capital belong to Iran's religious majority of Shi'ite Moslems. But many of the ethnic minorities in border areas are Sunni Moslems.
Despite the apparent calm in the capital, the government ordered a three-day military alert during the referendum period. Eighteen point seven million voters will be asked whether they want an Islamic Republic to replace the previous regime. Khomeini's spokesman Dr. Ibrahim Yasdi, explains what the referendum is about.