TEHRAN, Iran — Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran’s first president after the nation’s 1979 Islamic Revolution who fled Tehran after being impeached for difficult the rising energy of clerics because the nation grew to become a theocracy, died Saturday. He was 88.
Among a sea of black-robed Shiite clerics, Banisadr stood out for his Western-style fits and a background so French that it was in thinker Jean-Paul Sartre that he confided his perception he’d be Iran’s first president some 15 years earlier than it occurred.
Those variations solely remoted him because the nationalist sought to instill a socialist-style financial system in Iran underpinned by his deep Shiite religion instilled by his cleric father.
Banisadr would by no means consolidate his grip on the federal government he supposedly led as occasions far past his management, just like the US Embassy hostage disaster and the invasion of Iran by Iraq, solely added to the tumult that adopted the revolution.
True energy remained firmly wielded by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, whom Banisadr labored with in exile in France and adopted again to Tehran amid the revolution. But Khomeini would toss Banisadr apart after solely 16 months in workplace, sending him fleeing again to Paris, the place he would stay for many years.
“I was like a child watching my father slowly turn into an alcoholic,” Banisadr later stated of Khomeini. “The drug this time was power.”
The household of Banisadr in an announcement Saturday stated he died at a hospital in Paris after a protracted sickness.