Leader addresses late Imam Khomeini 29th departure anniv.
Tehran, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei started delivering a speech in the 29th anniversary of the sad departure of the late Imam Khomeini, Founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran
The ceremony of the departure of the Father of Islamic Revolution started at his Mausoleum, southern Tehran on Monday.
Imam Khomeini was the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution which saw the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah (king) of the country.
In the Western world he is known as Ayatollah Khomeini, an Iranian Shia Muslim religious leader, philosopher, revolutionary, and politician who was called 'the Man of the Year in 1979' by American news magazine TIME for his international influence.
He passed away on June 3, 1989, at the age of 89 and millions of Iranians mourned his death.
Iranians and lovers of the late Imam worldwide mark his departure anniversary each year by holding various mourning ceremonies. The occasion is marked in other countries by ceremonies organized by Iran's embassies.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA