The beginning of a long Regime <ul><li>Iran's 1979 revolution was quickly hijacked by right winged clerics who quickly created a constitution giving power to a religious supreme leader. </li></ul>
Khomeini became faqih, or definitive leader, and used his unlimited powers to eliminate opponents. When he won 99% of a vote for a new constitution, there was nothing to stop him from obtaining supreme dictatorship . Khomeini also proceeded with a purge of all “un-Islamic” elements from universities, newspapers, and other social aspects of the country.
Death by a firing squad was ordered to any one who opposed the revolution.
<ul><li>By 1981 some 1,600 people had been executed under Khomeini’s regime. </li></ul>
1979 Hostage Situation <ul><li>In November 1979 hundreds of Iranians overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took the staff hostage. </li></ul>
Khomeini refused to release the hostages until the United States of America apologized for its’ support of the Shah, and met several other of Khomeini’s demands.
The hostages were finally released in January 1981 after Ronald Reagan took office presiding over Jimmy Carter as president.