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First Vice-President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie

First Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei has been accused of ties to a messianic cult and a militant exile group. After the release of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's letter ordering his dismissal, Mashaei reportedly said he couldn't stay on at his post.Abedin Taherkenareh / EPA