Ali Abdullah Saleh Fast Facts

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh formally hands power to his deputy, Abdurabu Mansur Hadi in Sanaa on February 27, 2012.

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was president of Yemen for 33 years.

Birth date: March 21, 1942
Death date: December 4, 2017
    Birth place: Bayt al-Ahmar, Kingdom of Yemen
      Marriages: Married (names unavailable publicly)
      Children: Has children, including sons Ahmed and Khaled
      Education: Did not finish elementary school
      Religion: Zaydi Shiite Muslim
      1958 - Joins the army of the Kingdom of Yemen.
      1963 - Is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army of the newly established Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen).
      1974 - Takes part in a coup that installs a 10-member military command council.
      July 17, 1978 - Is named president of the North Yemen after the assassination of President Ahmed Hussein al-Ghashmi.
      1983 - Is re-elected to a five-year term as president by the Constituent People's Assembly.
      July 1988 - Is elected to a five year term as president by the new Consultative Council.
      May 22, 1990 - Yemen is formed from the unification of North Yemen and South Yemen. Saleh is named president of the unified Yemen.
      1999 - Wins Yemen's first direct presidential election.
      February 2001 - Parliament votes to extend the president's term of office from five to seven years.
      November 27, 2001 - Saleh meets with United States President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and CIA Director George Tenet in Washington to discuss an aid package to Yemen worth $400 million.
      September 23, 2006 - Wins re-election.
      February 2011 - Protests begin in Yemen, inspired by the revolution in Egypt that ousted Hosni Mubarak.
      June 3, 2011 - Opposition forces launch missiles at the presidential palace, injuring Saleh and killing several others.
      June 4, 2011 - Saleh travels to Saudi Arabia to undergo medical treatment for his injuries. Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi is left to run Yemen.
      September 23, 2011 - A government spokesman says that Saleh has returned to Yemen after completing medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.
      November 23, 2011 - Signs an agreement in Saudi Arabia transferring his executive powers to Hadi. Saleh retains the title of president for three months, but hands over executive powers to Yemen's vice president.
      January 21, 2012 - Yemen's parliament approves a controversial law that ensures Saleh immunity from prosecution.
        February 27, 2012 - Attends the handover ceremony, cementing a power transfer deal to Hadi. The ceremony formally ends Saleh's 33-year reign as leader.