Elections were resumed in Teheran, Persia, Feb 3. In other parts of the country, they?
Elections were resumed in Teheran, Persia, Feb 3. In other parts of the country, they restarted in January. Last August's elections were cancelled after allegations that they were rigged in favour of Dr. Eghbal's Melliyun (Nationalist) Party.
The Shah appointed Dr Sharif Emani as Prime Minister when Dr Eghbal tendered his resignation. Dr Emani is not a member of either political party - the other one being the opposition Mardom Party and he was regarded the best men to head a "caretaker" government until the elections could be resumed.
Now, voting is again taking place. By early Feb 5, the Melliyun Party had won 58 seats, the Mardom Party 52 seats, and the Independents 20 seats, in the new 200-man Parliament. In Teheran, voting is taking place in polling centres set up in schools and mosques. Men over 21 are able to vote provided they produce their identity cars; but Persian women do not have the vote.
Observers forecast that neither party will obtain a large enough majority to enable the Shah to appoint a party leader as Premier.
Before the counting of the votes ended late Feb 5, university students clashed with police in Teheran. During a protest demonstration against alleged lack of freedom in the elections. At one stage of the clash, police fired warning shots in the air.
Reports also said security police arrested opposition leader Mozaffar Baghaii.