In Iran, Prime Minister Shapur Baktiar won a clear for vote of confidence for the Social Democratic policies of his new civilian government form the Senate on Monday (15 January).
In Iran, Prime Minister Shapur Baktiar won a clear for vote of confidence for the Social Democratic policies of his new civilian government form the Senate on Monday (15 January). If Parliament passes a similar motion on Tuesday (16 January), the Shah is expected to leave Iran -- entrusting his functions as Head of State to a nine-man Regency Council. The latest demonstrations in the country have been peaceful and more political prisoners have been released under an amnesty announced by Prime Minister Baktiar.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (13 January) over two hundred thousand Iranians packed the newly re-opened campus of Teheran University. It was the largest demonstration since Dr Baktiar's government took power. Although the mood of recent demonstrations has changed -- with hundreds of people wearing carnations to symbolise a more peaceful approach - there were still the familiar anti-Shah slogans.
Troops, who have been stationed on the campus since it was closed ten weeks ago, left the area before the demonstrators arrived. The University has been a focal point for protests against the Shah. Demonstrators carried banners hailing exiled religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeiny.
Others attacked the Shah and the week-old government of Dr Baktiar.
The Ayatollah has announced that a secret revolutionary council has been set up to prepare for an Islamic republic in Iran. He has appealed to both troops and the people not to provoke one another. The demonstrators heard speeches from professors, students and local religious leaders.
Masumeh Kabiri is one of sixty-eight political prisoners released after an approved amnesty, by Dr Baktiar. In series of liberalising measures, the new Prime Minister has already restored an uncensored press, promised freedom of expression, started lifting marital law and pledged to disband the hated secret police force, Savak. Masumeh Kabiri served over four years of a life sentence for belonging to an extremist opposition group.
Reunited with her family, she and her son told newsmen of the heavy torture they suffered as authorities tried to get information about their opposition group.