By: Mir M.Hosseini
2nd presidential election: Of 71 nominees for the presidential race, only 4 were qualified. Of 22,687,017 Iranians eligible to vote 14,532,869 people participated in the election marking a %64.2 participation rate. Mr. Rajayi leaded the election with %87.87 of the votes and became the second president of Iran. At the time, Iran was at war with Iraq and economic sanctions and embargo made it a hard time for the government. He assigned Mr. Bahonar, a prominent Islamic scholar as the prime minister who was approved by Majlis on Aug, 4. On Aug, 30, 1981, a bomb went off at the Prime Minister's building at 15:00 o'clock, taking lives of both president Rajayi and his prime minister.
The first elected Iranian president Abolhasan Banisadr went at odds with Ayatollah Khomeini during a power struggle after the revolution. He was then dismissed and had to flee the country for France. Political opponents were swiftly eliminated from Iran and a single party system began. Mr. Rajayi was the prime minister during Banisadr's presidency.
Rajayi was born in 1933 in Qazvin and lost his father when he was 4. He lived an active political life. In 1963 he was arrested because of his membership in the Freedom Movement, then became a member of MKO and was sent to prison in 1973 until he was freed in 1979.