Doctor Ali Amini, a prominent Iranian opposition leader in exile, has called upon opponents of the Khomeini government to form a united front.
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CU (SOUND) Ali Amini speaks in French.
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Background: Doctor Ali Amini, a prominent Iranian opposition leader in exile, has called upon opponents of the Khomeini government to form a united front. Doctor Ali, a former Iranian Prime Minister under the Shah who went into exile in 1979, was giving a news conference in Paris on Tuesday (19 January). He outlined a seven-point charter for a united opposition to follow, including the dissolution of the laws and institutions of the Islamic Republic, the restoration of civil liberties, and non-alignment in world affairs. He described the Iran of Ayatollah Khomeini as a land swept by an unprecedented wave of fanaticism, superstition and cruelty. The human resources, he added, that should have been spent on schools and hospitals were instead being spent on prisons. Dr. Ali appealed for a broad coalition of Iranians, who would not impose their own ideology on the movement, to rid Iran of the Islamic fundamentalist leadership.