Appointment of Mehdi Bazargan as Prime Minister

In the name of God; The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Your Excellency Engineer Mehdi Bazargan,

Based on the proposal of the  Revolutionary Council and in accordance with the canonical and legal rights that originated from the vote of overwhelming majority of the Iranian nation for leadership of the movement, which has been evidenced by the vast gatherings and wide and numerous demonstrations across Iran, and because of my utmost trust in your firm belief in the holy tenets of Islam and my knowledge of your precedent in Islamic and national struggles; I appoint you the authority to establish an interim government without consideration of any affiliation to parties or dependence on any factional groups, for formation of a temporary government to arrange for the organization of national affairs and especially to perform a referendum and refer to a national public vote the issues of turning the country into an Islamic republic and the formation of “The Council of the Founders” from the representatives of the people to approve the constitution of the new regime, and to hold elections for representatives of a national parliament on the basis of the new constitution.

It is necessary that you appoint and introduce the members of the temporary government as soon as possible in concordance with the conditions I have clarified. All public officials, the army, and citizens shall provide their utmost cooperation with your interim government so as to attain the high and holy goals of this Islamic revolution and to restore order and function to the affairs of the nation. I pray to God for the success of you and your interim government in this sensitive juncture of our nation’s history.

Ruhollah Al-Musavi al-Khomeini

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