The former Prime Minister of iran, Chapour Bakhtiar, has renewed his criticism of the country's religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeini.
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Background: The former Prime Minister of iran, Chapour Bakhtiar, has renewed his criticism of the country's religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. Speaking in Paris, (20 June) Mr. Bakhtiar claimed that the new regime has all the faults that led to the overthrow of the Shah.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Bakhtiar has lived in Paris since the Shah was overthrown. He held a special press conference at his home to nonce again re-affirm his opposition to the new regime in Iran.
he said that a year or two ago, a lot of people regarded the Ayatollah Khomeini as the "Messia and Saviour" of Iran. Consequently said Mr. Bakhtiar, he has very popular.
But the former prime minister claimed that those high expectations of the Iranian people who took part in the revolution, were soon shattered. "They were disappointed", he claimed because they didn't have a "modest regime", but one with all the same faults as before.
Mr. Bakhtiar said the new regime of the Ayatollah still encouraged corruption, torture, insecurity, economic stagnation, and international hostility. And he claimed that the new Iran of today, was far worse than the old Iran under the Shah's rule.
He said that what he saw was the "disintegration of the country" and it's "insecurity" were very serious. But his comments weren't all critical.
Mr. Bakhtiar said that the had high hopes that the people of Iran are becoming are of the shortcomings of the religious rulers. He said even the Ayatollah's most fervent supporters are beginning to despair.
The former Premier alleged that the people of Iran were now living under a "reign of terror" which calls for a lot of courage. He said that support for Khomeini was dwindling daily. he ended by saying that members of the Social Democracy could soon be strong enough to overthrow the religious regime.