Kuwaiti daily reports extension of Nasrallah mandate, appointment of possible successor to Mugniyah

Hezbollah held a general meeting weeks ago, settling “the controversial matter of keeping [Secretary General] Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in his current position, and extending his position through a fatwa issued by Sayyed Ali Khamenei,” according to the Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai Al-Aam (Public Opinion) on Saturday.

The fatwa circumvents party rules that say the leadership of any secretary general cannot exceed two terms.

The daily quoted an Iranian paper which reported the likeliest successor to Nasrallah was the head of the party’s Shura Council, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, a maternal cousin of Hassan Nasrallah.

The newspaper added that Mustapha Shehahdeh, a top party military operative, could also fill the void left by the assassination of Hezbollah commander Imad Mugniyah, who was killed by a car bomb in February in Damascus.  

-NOW Staff