A week after the proclamation of the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic at the small desert oasis of Bir Lahlou on Friday (27 February) the Polisario Front has named an eight-man Government for the Republic.
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Background: A week after the proclamation of the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic at the small desert oasis of Bir Lahlou on Friday (27 February) the Polisario Front has named an eight-man Government for the Republic.
The announcement was made simultaneously in the capital cities of Algeria, Libya, The Malagasy Republic, Guinea and Burundi on Friday (5th March). In Algeria the spokesman for the Polisario Front - the Saharan nationalist group - was Monsieur Ahmed Baba Miske.
The President of the new Republic has not yet been announced, but the Prime Minister is Monsieur Mohamed Lamine Ahmed. Other ministerial posts announced included Interior and Justice, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance and Supply, Health and Education, Information and Energy and Communications.
On Saturday (6 March) Algeria became the third African country to recognise the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic, after The Malagasy Republic and Burundi. A statement from the Algerian Foreign Ministry said that Algeria would provide the Republic and its Government with "The necessary political, moral and material support to fulfil the national aspirations of their people".
But the situation in the territory, formerly known as the Western Sahara, is by no means clear. One day after the Republic was declared the Spanish Government, which used to administer the territory, officially handed over control to Morocco and Mauritania.
There have already been reports of clashes between the Polisario and Moroccan and Mauritanian forces. On Saturday The Polisario called on the Arab League to exert pressure on Morocco and Mauritania to get them to withdraw from the Western Sahara.