TEHRAN (AFP/Reuters) - Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the dismissal on Friday of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads pick for vice president, close aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, state television reported. The appointment of Mr Rahim Mashaie as a deputy to the president is against your best interest and the governments interest, and it will cause division and frustration among your supporters, Khamenei was quoted as saying in a letter about the controversial appointment. It is necessary that the appointment be cancelled, he added, the channel said without giving a date for the correspondence. Ahmadinejads naming of Rahim Mashaie as his first deputy last week had sparked a chorus of opposition in Iran, even among the incumbents own supporters. They had been outraged by comments the vice president made about the Islamic republics arch-foe Israel last year. Meanwhile, an Iranian cleric said on Friday there had been plots in the Islamic state to weaken Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneis position after a disputed election last month. We know of some insulting private meetings. We know about the plots against the leader but you (who hold these meetings) should know that you will not be able to stand against the people, Ahmad Khatami told Friday prayers worshippers. Our people will defend the leader until the last drop of their blood, Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts, added. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and the head of the Assembly of Experts, which in theory can dismiss the supreme leader, declared the Islamic republic in crisis last Friday and said there were doubts about the election result. Separately on Friday, 50 members of the 86-seat Assembly of Experts, called on Rafsanjani in a statement to show more support for the leader. Many ... expect the head of the assembly, who has always helped the leader in solving problems and obstacles in the past, to show more and clearer support for the leader during these sensitive times, the statement read.