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Iran #58275

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 05, 1979
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(Studio) Ayatollah Khomeini reported to have named his choice for Iranian government head.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Details about Khomeini's announcement with regard to choice of engineer and academician Mehdi Bazargan as head of his government given. Bazargan's credentials listed. Khomeini's choice noted to be friend of Prime Min. Shahpour Bakhtiar; belief that Bakhtiar won't carry out threat to arrest any member of Khomeini government reported [KHOMEINI - (thru interpreter) comments on punishment for not accepting his decisions.] Lack of reaction from army to latest dvts. stated; important of army reaction and possible results of response mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Report on United States positions with regard to Iran situation, especially with regard to any hard alliance with Bakhtiar government as opposed to that of Khomeini. Uncertainty about next developments in Iran and possibility that vote of confidence in Bakhtiar government will be taken and defeated mentioned.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Jennings, Peter;
Koppel, Ted;
Reynolds, Frank

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