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Rahim Mashaei has resigned from his post as First Deputy to Ahmadinejad, Fars News Reports [Persian]. Ahmadinejad had resisted firing Mashaei for six days despite an order to do so from the supreme leader. Mashaei was a controversial nominee in part because he said Iran was the friend of the American and Israeli people.
Samareh Hashemi, President’s senior aid, on behalf of Mashaei said, “after the announcement of [Supreme Leader’s] order, I no longer consider myself the President’s First Deputy and will serve the Revolution and Iran wherever else it is necessary.”

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