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Iran's Supreme Leader Pays Tribute to Late Founder of Islamic Republic

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei paid tribute to the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini, on the first day of the Ten-Day Dawn (Fajr) ceremonies on Saturday.

The Supreme Leader also paid homage to the 1979 Islamic Revolution and war-time (1980-1988) martyrs.

Millions of Iranians celebrate the return of the late Imam Khomeini, the Founder of the Islamic Republic to Iran from exile.

February 11 (Bahman 22) was the advent of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Led by Imam Khomeini, Iranians confronted the forces of US-proxy Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in late 1977 to end dictatorship rule in the country.

By December 1978, millions of Iranians would take to the streets in protest against the policies of the Shah on a regular basis.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to Iran to be received by cheering crowds after the departure of the Shah in mid-January 1979. Two weeks later, the country saw the Islamic Revolution.

The final collapse of the Shah's regime came on February 11 when the military renounced its loyalty to the Shah and joined the revolutionary forces.

On April 1, 1979, Iranians cast their ballots in a national referendum. An astonishing 98.2 percent of the votes endorsed the establishment of an Islamic Republic.

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