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al-Hashimi was the leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni Arab religious party that won the largest number of seats of any Sunni Arab party in the Iraqi legislative election of December 2005. He was elected Vice President in 2006.
In 2009 he stepped down as leader of the IIP and announced the new party, which he said would "include academics, intellectuals and tribal leaders" and would be "above sectarian and ethnic divisions" 
- Disunity Threatens Sunni Iraq, Wall Street Journal, 2009-09-28
- Back-to-back bombs at Shiite shrine in Iraq kill 4, Associated Press, 2009-09-12
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