Malayalam superstar Mohanlal will take charge as the new President of the Association of Malayalam Movie Actors (AMMA) later this month.

The development came as veteran actor Mammootty decided to withdraw his candidacy.

On the last day of nominations on Friday, all the main posts got only one nomination each there were 12 candidates in the fray for 11 Executive Committee members.

The election was necessitated after outgoing AMMA President Innocent, also a Left-supported Lok Sabha member, resigned from the post after 18 years.

According to an informed source, Mammootty, who was the present General Secretary, sensed that things would not be conducive for him if there was an election.

Edavela Babu was elected the new General Secretary while comedian and character artiste Jagdish was brought in as Treasurer.

Mohanlal made his acting debut, as a teenager in the Malayalam film Thiranottam in 1978. However, the film failed to reach the theatres due to censorship issues. His films have been successfully topping the Malayalam film industry for the past four decades and he has acted in more than 300 films.