Iranian television sought to dispel rumours of Ayatollah Khomeini's death by releasing film of Iran's Islamic leader being cheered by crowds on August 7 outside his Tehran home.
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Iranian television sought to dispel rumours of Ayatollah Khomeini's death by releasing film of Iran's Islamic leader being cheered by crowds on August 7 outside his Tehran home. Iran's former president, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, now in exile in France, said that government officials began planning for the transition to a post-Khomeini era a month ago when the Iranian leader was reported on the verge of death. Bani-Sadr said he received reports that the 84-year-old Islamic fundamentalist became seriously ill in the middle of July and had been sent to an intensive care unit. Bani-Sadr was quoted as saying, "The post-Khomeini era has already begun. If Khomeini dies now, only the moderates have a chance of taking over and this is what frightens the hardliners." The official Iranian News Agency, IRNA, reported that Khomeini met on August 6 with Prime Minister Hussein Moussavi after the premier won a vote of confidence in the Majlis, the Iranian Parliament, as required by the Constitution.
Source: ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN BROADCASTING (IRIB)