BAGHDAD, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The
Iraqi government announced Thursday a three-day mourning for the death of the
leading Iraqi Shiite cleric and politician Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the Iraqi
official television reported.
Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of Shi'ite
religious political party Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), waves to
supporters during an election campaign rally in Baghdad in this January
29, 2009 file photo.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
"The Iraqi government announced three-day national
mourning starting from Thursday for the death of Sayyed Abdul Aziz al-Hakim,"
the state-run Iraqia channel said.
Hakim, the head of one of Iraq's most powerful Shiite
parties, the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC), has died in a Tehran hospital
He was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2007 after
medical tests in the United States, but he preferred to receive treatment in
Hakim, 59, is a prominent Shiite theologian and
politician, who headed the SIIC, the largest political party in the Iraqi
After the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, Hakim became a
member of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council and served as its rotating
presidency in December 2003.
In August 2003, he replaced his brother Mohammed
Baqir al-Hakimas the leader of the SIIC Shiite party, then named the Supreme
Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.
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