Hussein Ali al-Shaalan
Sheikh Hussein Ali al-Shaalan is1 an Iraqi politician and tribal leader. A Shia Arab from Diwaniya, he was elected to the Council of Representatives of Iraq in the Iraqi legislative election of December 2005 from the Iraqi National List coalition.
He left Iraq in 1991 after the failure of the 1991 uprisings and was granted asylum in Britain.2 In 2000 he was involved in the formation of the Democratic Centrist Tendency opposition group, and was part of the Follow-Up and Arrangement Committee alliance of opposition groups that was formed in 2003.
He returned to Iraq following the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and became the leader of the 200,000-member Khaza'il tribe and the Iraqi National Council of Tribes which represents 150 tribes.3 He was considered an ally of Iyad Allawi. His cousin, Hazim al-Shaalan, was an ally of Ahmad Chalabi and the Defense Minister from 2004-5 in the Iraqi Interim Government.
In December 2010, he became Minister of State.4
- A scholarly soldier steps inside the world of Iraq's potent tribes, Christian Science Monitor, 2003-12-30, accessed on 2007-10-06
- More wheels within wheels, Debka, 2004-06-04, accessed on 2007-10-06