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    In Iran, the new military government has arrested the former head of the Savak secret police and several former Cabinet ministers.

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    In Iran, the new military government has arrested the former head of the Savak secret police and several former Cabinet ministers. According to the official radio, the arrests were calculated to tackle the discontent which has led to the current wave of opposition to the Shah's regime.

    SYNOPSIS: In the capital, Teheran, troops supported by tanks patrolled trouble spots -- and demonstrations quickly subsided. It appeared as if there would be gradual return to normal as the ten-man Cabinet, dominated by the military, took control. But life in the city was still seriously disrupted.

    All schools and most shops in Teheran were shut. But the continuing political and economic crisis did not appear to affect mopping-up operations in the Iranian capital. There were, however, fears that violent demonstrations could flare once again.

    The Shah says he has appointed General Gholamreza Azhari as Prime Minister only to halt the protests which have claimed hundreds of lives throughout the country. The new premier hopes to hand over to a civilian government as soon as possible. An army general has been appointed as governor of the province where the oil industry has been severely disrupted by strikes in protest against martial law.

    In the streets of Teheran, troops were still very much in evidence. The Shah's biggest religious opponent, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny has denounced the new military government. From his home in Paris, he urged Iranians to continue their struggle to overthrow the Shah.

    Despite hopes for a return to previous oil production levels, car owners were forced to queue for hours to buy petrol. Iran -- the world's second largest oil producer -- is desperately short of domestic supplies. The country's official airline, Iran Air, has been grounded for six days because of strikes.

    Western experts predict that the oil shortage could have serious effects. The American Energy Secretary, James Schlesinger, warned that the Iranian cut in production would have a major impact on world oil prices. But he hoped that the new military government would bring back stability to Iran and restore oil output to normal levels.

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