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Western Sahara:
Government

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Country name
Definition
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Western Sahara
former: Spanish Sahara
Government type
Definition
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, 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
Definition
none
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions
Definition
none (under de facto control of Morocco)
Suffrage
Definition
none; a UN-sponsored voter identification campaign not yet completed
Executive branch
Definition
none
Political pressure groups and leaders
Definition
none
International organization participation
Definition
none
Diplomatic representation in the US
Definition
none
Diplomatic representation from the US
Definition
none


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