By: Mir M.Hosseini
President Rajayi and Prime Minister Bahonar, together with some other state officials were killed after a bomb attack on the Prime Minister's office in Tehran. A dissident leftist Islamic group called MKO took the responsibility for the bombing. It was one of the bloodiest power struggles in contemporary Iranian history. All political fractions that were involved in toppling the Pahlavi regime wanted their share of the government, but when Saddam invaded Iran in 1980 by a nod from western countries, the hardliners who had already built their own militia units and were supported by top clerics took the power in their own hands. Thus the first elected president Banisadr was deposed and had to flee the country.
Rajayi was then approved president by Ayatollah Khomeini and his Prime Minister was an approved cleric that had co-signed Islamic books taught in Iranian schools during the ousted regime. Reportedly, an infiltrator from MKO who gradually became a high ranking officer in the National Security Council left a suitcase bomb at the office where a meeting was going to take place and left the scene. The bomb went off and killed the last civil president of Iran. After this incident all presidents were approved clerics by the Guardian Council until 2005. Some years later, duties of the prime minister also became integrated inside those of the president. The Iran–Iraq War that lasted for 8 years damaged the Iranian economy besides creating a villain theocracy that has been ignoring the same people that once fought for independence, freedom and Islamic Republic.