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PM Bazargan Resigns

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November, 5, 1979 A.D.:
PM Bazargan Resigns

By: Mir M.Hosseini

One day after the U.S. embassy was raided, PM Bazargan resigned in protest. Bazargan was constantly under pressure from hardliners. He was one of founders of the most respected liberal movement in Iran whose political background indicated his activities alongside Mosaddegh. After the regime change, he was appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini to form the interim government which could only survive for 268 days. His informal meeting with Brzezinski, the senior national security advisor of the U.S. president gave his rivals a pretext to enchant "death to Bazargan" at the parliament.
During his term, Iranians enjoyed political and social freedoms as promised as a result of the revolution. Bazargan was openly opposed to enforcing hijab, restricting political activities and many other things that were happening without his consent. He was only used by the extremists for a while to hide the harsh face of what was later imposed as Islamic Republic to Iranians. He continued his political activities as the Tehran representative at the parliament for some time. Mehdi Bazargan died on Jan, 20, 1995 at the age of 86.

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