Abdul Aziz al-Hakim

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim was the leader of the Shi’ite Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (formerly the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, SCIRI) until his death in 2009. Founded in Iran in 1982 by Iraqi exiles, the party is heavily influenced by Shi’ite clerics and continues to be supported financially by Iran. Hakim had close relations with the US, especially with former US president George W. Bush. Hakim’s son, Ammar al-Hakim, took over the party’s leadership at following the elder Hakim’s death and continues to head the Council.