Lebanese Shii political leader. Head of AMAL and current speaker of the Lebanese parliament. Born in Sierra Leone, he received a law degree from the Lebanese University and was active in Lebanese politics in the 1970s as a lieutenant of Imam Musa al-Sadr. Succeeded al-Sadr as AMAL leader in the 1980s. Led AMAL during the critical years of Shii ascendancy after the Iranian revolution. His unwavering loyalty to the Syrian regime also helped his position.
See also AMAL