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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to dismiss his choice to serve as vice-president, state TV says.
Appointing Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie was "against your interest and the interests of the government", the ayatollah wrote to Mr Ahmadinejad.
His remarks came after another leading cleric also demanded the dismissal.
Mr Mashaie had caused controversy in 2008 when he said Iranians were friends with the Israelis.