September 1, 2009 |
The son of the late leader of Iraq's largest Shiite Muslim political party took the reins of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, a party official said. The choice of Ammar Hakim to succeed his father, Abdelaziz Hakim, was widely expected. But there have been questions whether the relatively inexperienced son can hold the group together during a politically sensitive time. The late Hakim was a symbol to the Shiite political majority of the victory over Saddam Hussein's Sunni-led regime, but the party did poorly in many parts of the Shiite south in local elections this year.
October 4, 2003 |
Thousands of mourners converged Friday on the Shiite holy city of Najaf to mark the 40th day after the assassination of one of the Muslim sect's most revered leaders, Ayatollah Mohammed Bakr Hakim. The moderate clergyman was killed Aug. 29 in a massive car bombing that also killed 120 others. The attack on Hakim, who had urged his followers to cooperate with American-led occupation forces, was a major setback in U.S. efforts to pacify the country.
November 27, 2003 |
Iraq's powerful Shiite Muslim leadership declared its opposition Wednesday to the U.S. plan for indirect elections for a provisional administration, complicating American hopes for a smooth transfer of power to Iraqis by July 1. Objections were raised by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's most influential Shiite leader, and spelled out publicly by Abdelaziz Hakim, a Shiite member of the Iraqi Governing Council, who met with the cleric.
June 18, 2006 |
Iran's foreign minister said Saturday the government probably would suggest amendments to a Western package of incentives meant to persuade the Islamic Republic to give up its uranium enrichment program. Manouchehr Mottaki would not give any timing for Iran's response. The Tehran regime previously has said that some parts of the package were acceptable but others should be changed, and that the central issue of uranium enrichment needed clarification. "It is a step forward," he said.
October 14, 2007 |
The Shiite heir apparent to a key U.S. political ally added his voice Saturday to calls for the division of Iraq into semiautonomous regions based on sect and ethnicity, throwing down a gauntlet on an issue that has stirred fierce emotions in Iraq. Ammar Hakim's appeal before hundreds of supporters gathered for prayers marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan came just weeks after passage of a nonbinding U.S.
December 16, 2003 |
France will consider annulling part of Iraq's foreign debt, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Monday, indicating a new willingness to contribute to Iraq's transition after the capture of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. De Villepin met with an Iraqi delegation headed by Abdelaziz Hakim, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, whose visit was arranged before U.S. forces caught Hussein. Iraq owes about $40 billion to the 19 nations of the Club of Paris, a European economic entity.