Senior members of Iraq's main Shi'ite party have nominated the son of
former party leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim to succeed his father, who died
The main decision-making body of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council agreed Monday to select Ammar al-Hakim as its new leader. The party's wider advisory council must approve the nomination before it takes effect.
Ammar al-Hakim has been groomed to take over the party leadership for some time. The elder al-Hakim died last Wednesday in Tehran, where he had been receiving treatment for lung cancer. He was buried Saturday in the Iraqi Shi'ite holy city of Najaf.
The Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council faces strong competition from other Shi'ite parties in parliamentary elections scheduled for January.
The Council scrapped an alliance with Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Dawa Party earlier this month, and formed a new Shi'ite coalition to contest the vote.