Iran's Ayatollah calls for political unity

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Iran’s supreme leader has reaffirmed his support for the country’s President during the six-monthly meeting of the Assembly of Experts.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the clerics would continue to back the Iranian government and urged politicians to put their differences aside.

The signs of discord in Tehran are there, with President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad being forced to demote six close allies from key foreign policy posts.

Earlier this week, veteran politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accused him of failing to counter the impact of the latest round of UN sanctions.

Then he was out-manoeuvred on the release of US hostage Sarah Shourd, which was eventually allowed to go ahead by the judiciary.

Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition says his office in Tehran was ransacked by plain clothes police officers overnight, and an official arrested.

Supporters of Mir Hossein Moussavi claim it marks a new era of state repression.

Two Iranian foreign officials have sought asylum and joined the exiled opposition this week.