Ayad Allawi Fast Facts

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

Personal

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

    Timeline

    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 confere