In Iran, Dr Shapur Baktiar was accepted by both houses of Parliament as the country's new Prime Minister on Wednesday (3 January).
GV new Iranian Prime Minister Dr Shapour Baktiar outside his house in Teheran
CU Dr Baktiar speaking in English to reporter
REPORTER: "Do you think you'll be able to, once you take office that the strikes and demonstrations..."
BAKTIAR: "Gradually I think it is possible, because a non-corrupt government is able to do a lot of things and I think the punishment, the question has been involved, in this must be really, firmness and very quickly all the people have been guilty during the twenty-five years must be punished, before everything I think."
REPORTER: "Many people say that the only things that will stop the demonstrations and strikes is for the Shah to go..."
BAKTIAR: "I think that it is absolutely necessary and not necessarily, and not sufficient."
REPORTER: "So it's not necessary."
BAKTIAR: "Necessary and not sufficient."
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Background: In Iran, Dr Shapur Baktiar was accepted by both houses of Parliament as the country's new Prime Minister on Wednesday (3 January). Dr Baktiar, a member of the opposition National Front Party, was asked to form a new civilian government last week by the Shah. After his vote of confidence in Parliament, Dr Baktiar announced the Shah was planning to leave Iran temporarily, for a holiday. During an interview on Tuesday (2 January), Dr Baktiar commented upon the issue of the Shah's departure which has been one of the opposition's primary aims during the recent crisis.
SYNOPSIS: Dr Baktiar was speaking outside his Teheran home.