SANAA // Abdurabu Mansur Hadi had spent most of his career in the military before he was elected the secretary general for Yemen's ruling General People's Congress in 2008. He became acting president while Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president, was recovering in Saudi Arabia following a June 3 assassination attempt.
Born in the southern province of Abyan in 1945, Mr Hadi graduated from a military school in Aden in 1964. He went to Britain, Egypt and Russia for additional military study and training.
After South Yemen won its independence from Britain in 1967, he later became the chief of the supply department at the defence ministry and then the assistant chief of general staff in the former south republic.
During the civil war in 1994, Mr Hadi was appointed Yemen's defence minister.
Mr Saleh named him the vice president in 1994 in part to demonstrate that southerners were still partners in the united country after the south's socialist leaders were forced into exile.
The main opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties, the youth-led protest movement and tribal leaders have been pushing Mr Hadi to facilitate the transition of power from Mr Saleh as quickly as possible.
Mr Hadi has the support of the international community but not the trust of the protest movement.