Shahpour Bakhtiar becomes Prime Minister of the Shah of Iran. Paris Match photo shows him playing chess in the palace gardens upon taking office (4 January 1979 – 5 February 1979) in what made him become the last Prime Minister of Imperial Iran in a bid to save the country from Revolution in a bid for a transition towards a secular democratic government. (circa january 1979).
Shahpour Bakhtiar is named Prime Minister of Iran by the Shah of Iran:
Some background about Bakhtiar:
Shapour Bakhtiar was born in 1914 in southwestern Iran to Mohammad Reza (Sardar-e-Fateh) and Naz-Baygom, both Bakhtiaris. Bakhtiar's maternal grandfather, Najaf-Gholi Samsam ol-Saltaneh, was appointed prime minister twice, in 1912 and 1918. Bakhtiar's mother died when he was seven years old. He attended elementary school in Shahr-e Kord and then secondary school, first in Isfahan and later in Beirut, Lebanon, where he received his high school diploma from a French school.
In 1936 he left for France. He received his PhD, in political science (in 1939), as well as degrees in law and philosophy, from Paris' Sorbonne. As a firm opponent of all totalitarian rule, he went to Spain during the Spanish Civil War and fought against General Franco's forces. Later, he volunteered for the French Foreign Legion and fought in the Orleans battalion and in the French Résistance against the German occupation.
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