Ayad Allawi Fast Facts

Ayad Allawi

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Ayad Allawi, the former Prime Minister of Iraq.

Birth date:
Birth place: Iraq
Marriage: Thana (1987-present)
    Children: Three
    Education: Studied medicine/neurology in Baghdad and Great Britain.
    Religion: Shia Muslim
    - Joins the Baath Party while in medical school in Baghdad.
    1970s - In charge of Baath organizations in Europe when he breaks from Saddam Hussein's regime and goes into exile in London.
    1978 - Survives an assassination attempt by Hussein supporters. He is beaten with an ax and hospitalized for almost a year.
    1991 - Co-founds the Iraqi National Accord, a group in opposition to the Saddam Hussein led Baath Party, of which Allawi was a former member.
    April 2003 - Returns to Iraq when Baghdad falls to the Coalition forces.
    October 2003 - Holds the rotating presidency of the Iraqi Governing Council.
    April 2004 - Resigns from the Iraq Governing Council security committee when the Coalition refuses to give the committee authority over security issues in Iraq.
    May 28, 2004 - Unanimously selected by the Iraqi Governing Council to be the interim prime minister of Iraq after the June 28, 2004, handover of power.
    June 28, 2004 - Sworn in as the interim prime minister of Iraq. He is the first ruler other than Saddam Hussein to lead the country in more than three decades.
    September 23, 2004 - Holds a press conference with US President George W. Bush at the White House.
    December 16, 2004 - Allawi announces his list of 240 candidates for the Iraqi National Assembly, and says security and national unity would be the top priorities of his slate. He turns down a chance to run on a ticket determined by Grand Ayatollah Sistani.
    April 2005 - Steps down as interim prime minister.
    July 2008 - Testifies before a US House Foreign Affairs subcommittee about the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
    March 26, 2010 - Iraqi officials issue election results confirming Allawi's Iraqiya coalition wins the most seats in Parliament.
    September 8, 2014 - Iraqi lawmakers approve a new government with Allawi as one of the country's three vice presidents.