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IRAQI PRIME MINISTER HOLDS MEETINGS IN IRAQ
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (L) and President Jalal.Talabani (2nd-L) hold a meeting in Baghdad, Iraq with Vice.Presidents Adil Abdul-Mahdi (2nd-R) Tariq al-Hashimi, (3rd-R) and the presidential council's secretary Nasir al-Ani (R) on July 15, 2007. The group met to discuss the political crisis the country is passing through as well as.the release of detainees who were not involved in crimes (UPI Photo)
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Tariq al-Hashimi (Arabic: طارق الهاشمي‎; born 1942) is an Iraqi politician and (until May 2009) was general secretary of the Iraqi Islamic Party. Along with Adil Abdul Mahdi, he is a Vice President of Iraq in the government formed after the December 2005 elections. As a Sunni, he took the place of fellow Sunni politician Ghazi al-Yawar.

Tariq al Hashimi was born in 1942 in Baghdad, Iraq, into the Mashhadan tribe. From 1959 until 1962, he studied at a military academy. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from al Mustansiriyah University in 1969, and a master's in 1978. At the age of 33, he left the military and became active in the Iraqi Islamic Party, serving on its planning committee.

Hashimi's party represented the largest Sunni block in parliament after the 2005 election. Hashimi opposes federalism, wants oil revenues distributed based on population, de-Baathification reversed and more Sunnis in the new military and police.

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