IRAN: The Leftists: A Waiting Game

Power struggle in a wayward revolution

It was another bad week for Iran's floundering President Abolhassan Banisadr. Not only did his candidates make a dismal showing in the second round of parliamentary elections; he also lost a battle in his power struggle with the clergy-dominated Islamic Republic Party. As the President and the mullahs jockeyed for control of Iran's wayward revolution, the faction-ridden and economically strapped regime of Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini slipped ever closer to chaos.

Led by Ayatullah Seyyed Mohammed Beheshti, the ranking member of the ruling Revolutionary Council, Banisadr's clerical rivals won at least 130 of 270 parliamentary seats...

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