Education: Studied medicine/neurology in Baghdad and London.
1960s – Joins the Baath Party while in medical school in Baghdad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 29, 2019 – Following Abdul Mahdi’s announcement that he will resign as prime minister, Allawi calls for the creation of a “caretaker government” to prepare for transparent elections.