Western Sahara

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INFORMATION

Capital: Aaúin

Government: Legal status of territory and issue of sovereignty unresolved

Current President: President in Exile, Brahim Ghali

Economy:

  • Small market-based economy whose main industries are fishing, phosphate mining, and pastoral nomadism.

Population: 652,271 (2020)

Land Size: 266,000 sq km (102,703 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Arab
  • Berber
Religions:

  • Muslim

Language(s):

  • Hassaniya Arabic
  • Moroccan Arabic

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Oct 14, 2021: Western Sahara Conflict Risks Spilling Over Into the Sahel - How It Can Be Resolved - AllAfrica News: Western Sahara
    [The Conversation Africa] The United Nations recently appointed a new envoy for Western Sahara - Staffan de Mistura. This is a welcome step towards resolving the long-running conflict between the pro-independence Polisario movement, which represents the people of Western Sahara, and Morocco, which has occupied the territory since 1975.
  • Thu - Oct 7, 2021: UN Names New Envoy for Western Sahara - AllAfrica News: Western Sahara
    [East African] United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday named Italian diplomat Staffan de Mistura as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.
  • Thu - Sep 30, 2021: EU Court Annuls Morocco Trade Agreement Over Western Sahara - AllAfrica News: Western Sahara
    [DW] The EU Court ruled the North African country did not have the consent of the people of the Western Sahara required for the now-canceled fisheries and agricultural treaties.
  • Thu - Sep 23, 2021: Algeria Closes Airspace to All Moroccan Planes As Western Sahara Dispute Deepens - AllAfrica News: Western Sahara
    [RFI] Algeria has closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes due to "provocations and hostile practices" by its neighbour, in the latest dispute between the countries at odds mainly over Western Sahara.