COAT OF ARMS
Government: Legal status of territory and issue of sovereignty unresolved
Current President: President in Exile, Mohamed Abdelaziz
Population: 522,928 (July 2012 est.)
Land Size: 266,000 sq km (102,703 sq miles)
Major Ethnic Groups:
- Sat - Feb 4, 2017: Morocco Flexes Economic Muscle to Return to AU - AllAfrica News: Western Sahara
[Africa Renewal] "It is a beautiful day when one returns home after too long of an absence," King Mohammed VI of Morocco said after the North African country was readmitted to the African Union (AU) at its summit in January.
- Tue - Jan 31, 2017: African Union Re-Admits Morocco After 33-Year Absence - AllAfrica News: Western Sahara
[Deutsche Welle] The AU has re-admitted Morocco despite the kingdom refusing to cede its claim to occupied Western Sahara. Officials from the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic hope to push Morocco into allowing an independence referendum.
- Tue - Jan 31, 2017: As AU Readmits Morocco, Membership of Sahrawi Republic Set to Cause Division - AllAfrica News: Western Sahara
[East African] As Morocco waits to be readmitted to the African Union, it is pushing for the suspension of Western Sahara from the continental body, placing the AU in a difficult position.