This file photo taken on Nov. 11, 2015 shows Yemeni President Abed-Rabbou Mansour Hadi attending the closing session of the 4th Summit of Arab States and South American countries in the Saudi capital Riyadh. AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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After three years of gilded exile in Riyadh, whose military coalition has yet to roll back his Houthi rebel rivals, President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi is increasingly seen as a marginal figure -- and even by some as an obstacle to peace.Now entering its fourth year, the coalition has shown signs of internal division, with some questioning the utility of Hadi to their cause.Hadi is the embodiment of Yemen's internationally recognized government.When the Houthis overran Sanaa in late 2014, Hadi was forced to flee the capital, going first to the southern city of Aden -- then into exile in Riyadh.While the United Nations has since recognized Hadi as Yemen's president, that has not fazed the Houthis or even coalition member the United Arab Emirates, which in recent months torpedoed Hadi's authority in the southern port city of Aden. Most of those ministers are from Yemen's formerly independent south.
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