[JURIST] Iran's highest official, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [official website], told hard-line lawmakers in parliament Tuesday to stop the impeachment of cabinet members appointed by reformist President Mohammad Khatami [official website; BBC News profile]. Ali Khamenei's statement, a rare public political comment, was reported by the Iranian news agency. Conservative lawmakers who won election to parliament last year have already impeached one cabinet member and were expected to pursue the impeachment of two others. JURIST's Paper Chase has more coverage on Iran [JURIST Countries]. VOA News has more.