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Forty Years Ago, June 22, 1981: Bani Sadr impeached

Tehran’s prosecutor promptly called public summons and issued an order of arrest for the country’s first elected president after 25 centuries of monarchy.

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June 22, 2021 3:30:24 am
Forty Years Ago, June 22, 1981: Bani Sadr impeachedThis was the front page of The Indian Express, forty years ago.

Iran’s Parliament overwhelmingly voted fugitive president Abolhassan Bani Sadr incompetent to stay in office. Tehran’s prosecutor promptly called public summons and issued an order of arrest for the country’s first elected president after 25 centuries of monarchy. “All the heroic people of Iran are asked to arrest him wherever they see and hand him over to the security committee or the Islamic Revolutionary Guards,” said Prosecutor Ali Quaddosi in the state-run Tehran radio. The Majlis vote was a victory for Iran’s clergy-led fundamentalists of the Islamic Republican party which led the year-long campaign to oust the France-educated economist who was the front man for the Leftists and nationalists of the Islamic revolution.

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