In Iran, the seventy-five member Assembly of Experts began its task of reviewing the country's new Islamic Constitution on Sunday (19 August).
In Iran, the seventy-five member Assembly of Experts began its task of reviewing the country's new Islamic Constitution on Sunday (19 August). The Constituent Assembly which is dominated by clergymen who support Iran's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, has just one month to revise the draft document.
SYNOPSIS: Even before Iran's Constitutional Assembly officially opened there was little question what direction it would take. Most of the delegates are directly pledged to Ayatollah Khomeini -- and he had warned delegates that they will be betraying their electors if "even one article is not islamic". Out of the seventy members present on Sunday, forty-nine were Moslem clergymen -- easily recognised by their black or white turbans, flowing robes and long beards. The delegates included only one woman deputy, Monireh Gorji, who kept her face concealed by the traditional thick black veil.
The one man who might have represented an opposition force -- Kurdish party leader Andul Rahman Quassemloo, did not show up. He has been branded a corrupt element by Ayatollah Khomeini and his election to the Council has been annulled. Dr. Quassemloo appealed to world leaders on Sunday to save the Kurds although the Government General of Kurdistan has denied there have been any disturbances warranting the dispatch of troops.
In a message to Assembly members, Khomeini said he would soon ban Opposition groups because freedom had been abused. He added that if the Islamic Revolution had behaved like other revolutions and killed a few thousands of the evil ones immediately, there would be no problems now.