Ayad Allawi Fast Facts

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


Birth date: 1945
Birth place: Iraq
Marriage: Thana Allawi (1987-present)
    Children: Three
    Education: Studied medicine/neurology in Baghdad and London.
    Religion: Shia Muslim


    1960s - 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 Hussein led Baath Party.
    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 handover of power.
    June 28, 2004 - Sworn in as the interim prime minister of Iraq. He is the first ruler other than 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 al-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 has won 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. The positions, considered redundant and part of a bloated government, are eliminated August 2015 and restored by federal court October 2016.
      December 2017 - In response to US President Donald Trump's call to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Allawi urges the United Nations to intervene, stating that the move will hamper the