Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration to show support to Yemen's ousted president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the southwestern city of Taiz February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
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Before Saturday, the 69-year-old Hadi largely kept to himself, running the country of 24 million people while making few public comments or speeches.After Yemen's 2011 Arab Spring revolt, Saleh reluctantly handed power to Hadi the following year in a deal brokered by Yemen's powerful Gulf neighbors and backed by the United States.Hadi also faced a simmering separatist movement in the south and increasingly aggressive Shiite Houthi rebels in the north.After Hadi came to power in 2012, the number of suspected U.S. strikes nearly quadrupled, with 56 in 2012 alone, according to the New America Foundation's International Security Program, which tracks the American campaign.The U.S. drone strikes also killed civilians, and as images of the dead circulated in Yemeni media, many began to dismiss Hadi as an American stooge.The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Saleh for threatening the country's security and stability. His party then rejected a U.N.-brokered coalition government led by Hadi.
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