Iran's Shi'ite Moslem leader, the Ayatollah Khomeiny, has threatened a Holy War if the Government of Dr.
Iran's Shi'ite Moslem leader, the Ayatollah Khomeiny, has threatened a Holy War if the Government of Dr. Bakhtiar does not stand aside for his proposed Islamic Republic.
SYNOPSIS: The Ayatollah gave his first news conference after returning from exile, in Teheran on Saturday (3 February). He spoke in Farsi which was interpreted by an aide who was later interviewed.
The Ayatollah said he'd already formed his Revolutionary Council, which would appoint a provisional government very soon.
It was the exiled Ayatollah's opposition to the Shah which became the focus for the movement which finally convinced the Shah he should leave Iran. The Iranian Prime Minister, Dr Bakhtiar reacted to the Ayatollah's statement by saying he would now bow to violence, marches and molotov cocktails. He said his government would reply to bullets with bullets if the Ayatollah's supporters took up weapons. Dr. Bakhtiar did hint at the possibility of a ballot as one political solution to the deadlock. He said he would not tolerate two governments in the country, and whoever won the ballot could run the country.