Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged an end to political infighting after a rivalry between the president and the parliamentary speaker became public, saying the nation’s interests must be given priority.
“Officials must preserve the country’s interests and put aside these shows of bad character,” Ayatollah Khamenei was quoted as saying during a meeting with air force commanders, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
His comments follow a Feb. 4 parliamentary session to impeach one of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ministers that escalated into a public dispute between the president and his long-term rival, Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani. The two men accused each other of wrongdoing and improper conduct in the presence of lawmakers.
Ayatollah Khamenei has demanded an end to political bickering before, saying it would play in the hands of western powers, which have increased sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
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