By: Mir M.Hosseini
On Jan, 21, 1965, Hasanali Mansour, the prime minister of the time was shot three times right after getting off his car in Baharestan square on his way to the parliament. He was reported dead four days later at the Pars hospital in Tehran. His term lasted for only 10 months and 14 days. His father also had served as prime minister during Reza Shah's rule and resigned in 1941. A person named Mohammad Bokharayi was arrested and charged but the real elements behind Mansour's assassination remain a mystery to this day.
There are speculations linking it to a power struggle between UK and US; because Mansour was supportive of the US, and Mohammad Reza Shah's strong criticisms of the British policies a couple of days later strengthened the theory. 70 days later an unsuccessful assassination attempt against Shah occurred at the Marmar Palace. After Mansour's death Amirabbas Hoveida became prime minister and served for 13 years.
Hoveida who did not leave the country after 1979 revolution was arrested and executed after a brief trial by the Revolutionary Court