Education: Studied medicine/neurology in Baghdad and Great Britain.
1960s - Joins the Baath Party while in medical school in Baghdad.
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.
Co-founds the Iraqi National Accord
, a group in opposition to the Saddam Hussein led Baath Party, of which Allawi was a former member.
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.