IRAN: Pistol-Packin' Parliament

A new Majlis meets amid fresh efforts to free the hostages

It was variously hailed as "the birth of Islamic justice" and the "fruition of the blood of the revolution's martyrs." At the bidding of the Muslim clergy, tens of thousands of Iranians last week took to their rooftops to herald its coming. Next morning, 17 months after the revolution that drove the toppled Shah into exile, the first session of the new Iranian parliament, the Majlis, convened in the capital of Tehran. It was symptomatic of the country's volatile political climate that most of the 213 newly elected representatives...

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