Chart: Abyan Tribal Hierarchy
President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi is from a sub-tribe of the greater Fadhli confederation, the largest and most powerful tribal group in south Yemen. Though he fled to north Yemen in 1986 and sided with then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the 1994 civil war, he may be able to use his legitimacy as a southern tribesman to generate support in the fight against Ansar al Sharia.
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