Ayad Allawi Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Ayad Allawi, Iraq's Interim Prime Minister from June 28, 2004, to April 2005.

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 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 U.S. House Foreign Affairs subcommittee about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

March 26, 2010 - The results of elections on March 7th are announced. The Iraqiya coalition, led by Allawi, wins the most seats in Parliament.

December 16, 2011 - Allawi's Iraqiya bloc announces that it is boycotting Parliament, a move that threatens to shatter Iraq's fragile power-sharing government.