Field Marshal Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi
President of the Republic of Yemen
President Hadi was born in Thukrain village in the southern governorate of Abyan.
He started in the military in the early sixties, graduating from the Aden Protectorate Army Military School before going to Sandhurst in the United kingdom where he learnt English and graduated in 1966. From there he went to Cairo, Egypt, to study tank warfare, leaving in 1970.
In 1976 Al-Hadi moved to Russia where he advanced his studies in leadership and military command.
He held a number of military roles including commander of an armoured battalion, Director of the Armoured School, Staff Officer of the Armoured Force, Staff Officer of the Military Academy as well as Director of the Armed Forces Training Department.
In 1983 Hadi was promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Administration. In May 1994 following his active involvement in the movement to bring together North and South Yemen which saw the unified country in 1990, he was made Minister of Defence. In October 1994 he was promoted to Vice-President by Ali Abdullah Saleh, a role he held until 2012.
There were massive anti-government protests in early 2011 which continued all year. Between June and September 2011 and again after September 2011 Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi was acting president as first he covered for the injured president and then subsequently when Saleh stood down in line with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreement.
He is a member of the General People’s Congress (GPC) and on 21st February 2012 he was elected President in an election which saw him as the only candidate. His role now will be to steer the country away from its civil strife and to create a new political system.
President Hadi is a Sunni Muslim and has a reputation for keeping a low profile, something he will not be able to do in the months ahead.