Iran's vice-president 'sacked'

The decision comes after Iran's supreme leader ordered the president to reverse his choice.

    Mashaie has been under fire for saying Iran could be friends with anyone, including Israel [EPA]

    Ahmadinejad had resisted the pressure for a week before the final blow appeared to be the public reading on state television of the order issued by Khamenei to dismiss Mashaie.

    "The appointment of ... Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie as vice president is against your interest and the interests of the government and will cause division among your supporters," Khamenei said in a letter to the president.

    "It is necessary to announce the cancellation of this appointment."

    Mashaie's appointment sparked opposition from many in Iran, including some of the incumbent president's own supporters, more than a month after Ahmadinejad's win in disputed presidential elections.

    Protests

    In video


    Iranians abroad call for "Global Day of Action"

    The issue was also the topic of the main Friday prayer sermon.  Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a senior religious leader, called on Ahmadinejad to follow the orders of Iran's supreme leader and dismiss Mashaie.

    "We support the president ... but we never said that he has no flaws," Khatami told worshippers in his sermon in Tehran, the capital.

    Khatami is a member of the Assembly of Experts, the body that dismisses and appoints Iran's supreme leader.

    Meanwhile, a group of students held a demonstration in the streets of Tehran on Friday to protest against Mashaie's appointment, state media reported.

    "Obeying the leader's order is the demand of the nation," they chanted.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.