The Government of Western Sahara

The Government of Western Sahara

Sahrawi, Sahrawian, Sahraouian Government

Country name: conventional long form: none conventional short form: Western Sahara former: Spanish Sahara

Government type: legal status of territory and issue of sovereignty unresolved; territory contested by Morocco and Polisario Front (Popular Front for the Liberation of the Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro), which in February 1976 formally proclaimed a government-in-exile of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), led by President Mohamed ABDELAZIZ; territory partitioned between Morocco and Mauritania in April 1976 when Spain withdrew, with Morocco acquiring northern two-thirds; Mauritania, under pressure from Polisario guerrillas, abandoned all claims to its portion in August 1979; Morocco moved to occupy that sector shortly thereafter and has since asserted administrative control; the Polisario's government-in-exile was seated as an Organization of African Unity (OAU) member in 1984; guerrilla activities continued sporadically until a UN-monitored cease-fire was implemented on 6 September 1991 (Security Council Resolution 690) by the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara or MINURSO

Capital: none time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Administrative divisions: none (under de facto control of Morocco)


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Suffrage: none; a UN-sponsored voter identification campaign not yet completed

Executive branch: none

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Political pressure groups and leaders: none

International organization participation: WFTU

Diplomatic representation in the US: none

Diplomatic representation from the US: none

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