Ayad Allawi Fast Facts | CNN


Here’s a look into the life of Ayad Allawi, Iraq’s former interim prime minister.

Date of birth: [1945

Place of birth: Iraq

Marriage: Thana Allawi (1987-present)

Children: three

Education: Studied medicine/neurology in Baghdad and London.

Religion: shia muslim

1960s – He joins the Baath party while studying medicine in Baghdad.

decade of the 1970s Head of Baath organizations in Europe when he breaks with Saddam Hussein’s regime and goes into exile in London.

1978 – He survives an assassination attempt by Hussein’s supporters. He is beaten with an ax and is hospitalized for almost a year.

1991 – He co-founded the Iraqi National Accord, a group in opposition to the Baath Party led by Hussein.

April 2003 He returns to Iraq when Baghdad falls to Coalition forces.

October 2003 He holds the rotating presidency of the Iraqi Governing Council.

April 2004 He resigns from the security committee of the Iraqi Governing Council when the coalition refuses to give the committee authority over security matters in Iraq.

May 28, 2004 – Chosen unanimously by the Iraqi Governing Council to be the interim prime minister of Iraq after the transfer of power.

June 28, 2004 – Sworn in as interim prime minister of Iraq. He was 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 that security and national unity would be the top priorities on his list. He rejects the opportunity to run on a ticket determined by Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani.

April 2005 – Resigns as interim prime minister.

July 2008 – He testifies before a US House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

March 26, 2010 – Iraqi officials release election results confirming Allawi’s Iraqiya coalition has won the majority of 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, were eliminated in August 2015 and restored by the federal court in October 2016.

December 2017 – Responding to US President Donald Trump’s call to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Allawi is urging the United Nations to intervene, saying the move will hamper the US role in the peace process .

November 29, 2019 – Following Abdul Mahdi’s announcement that he will step down as prime minister, Allawi calls for the creation of an “interim government” to prepare for transparent elections.

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