July 25, 2012

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.[1]

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[1] Mohamed Bin Sallam, “Yemen’s President-in-Waiting,” Yemen Times, February 19, 2012. Available: http://www.yementimes.com/en/1548/news/437/Yemen%E2%80%99s-president-in-waiting.htm
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