(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)
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.
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.