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 SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN POLITICAL
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Background: Morocco virtually annexed the northern two-thirds of Western Sahara (formerly Spanish Sahara) in 1976, and the rest of the territory in 1979, following Mauritania's withdrawal. A guerrilla war with the Polisario Front contesting Rabat's sovereignty ended in a 1991 cease-fire; a referendum on final status has been repeatedly postponed.
 
 
Common Name: Western Sahara Local Official Name: Western Sahara
Abbreviated Name: Western Sahara Official Name: Western Sahara
Official Script Name: Western Sahara Local Common Name: Western Sahara
Former Name: Spanish Sahara Territory of: NA
 
Head of State: NA
 
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
 
Independence: NA
 
Constitution: NA
 
National Holiday: NA
 
International Organization Participation: NA
 
Administrative Divisions: none (under de facto control of Morocco)
 
Dependent Areas: NA
 
Legal System: NA
 
Suffrage: NA years
 
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: NA
 
Party Leaders: NA
 
International Disputes: Morocco claims and administers Western Sahara, but sovereignty remains unresolved; UN-administered cease-fire has remained in effect since September 1991, but attempts to hold a referendum have failed and parties reject other proposals
 
Illicit Drugs: NA 
 
 
 SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN GEOGRAPHY
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Location of Western Sahara: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Mauritania and Morocco
 
Continent: Africa Land Area Total: 266,000 sq km 
Region: Western African Land Area Land: 266,000 sq km
Capitol City: NA Land Area Water: 0 sq km
      
Latitude: 024 30 N Border Boundary Land: 2,046 km
Longitude: 013 00 W Border Boundary Coastline: 1,110 km 
  
Arable Land: 0.00 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 0.00 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
  
Highest Elevation: 463 m Location: unnamed location
Lowest Elevation: -55 m Location: Sebjet Tah
  
Largest City in Western Sahara: Largest City Population: 0
  
Threatened Species: 0
 
Environmental Issues: sparse water and lack of arable land
 
Environmental Agreements: party to: none of the selected agreements signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
 
Irrigated Land: 0
 
Bordering Countries: Algeria 42 km, Mauritania 1,561 km, Morocco 443 km
 
Natural Resources: phosphates, iron ore
 
Geographical Terrain: mostly low, flat desert with large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rising to small mountains in south and northeast
 
Comparative Area of Western Sahara: about the size of Colorado
 
Western Sahara's Geography: the waters off the coast are particularly rich fishing areas
 

 SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN CLIMATE
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General Climate: hot, dry desert; rain is rare; cold offshore air currents produce fog and heavy dew
 
Natural Hazards: hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring; widespread harmattan haze exists 60% of time, often severely restricting visibility
 
 
 SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN ECONOMY
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Economic Overview: Western Sahara depends on pastoral nomadism, fishing, and phosphate mining as the principal sources of income for the population. The territory lacks sufficient rainfall for sustainable agricultural production, and most of the food for the urban population must be imported. All trade and other economic activities are controlled by the Moroccan Government. Moroccan energy interests in 2001 signed contracts to explore for oil off the coast of Western Sahara, which has angered the Polisario. Incomes and standards of living in Western Sahara are substantially below the Moroccan level.
 
 
GDP: $0 USD Currency: Moroccan dirham
GDP per Capita: $0 USD Currency Code: MAD
GDP Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
Currency Exchange Rate History: Moroccan dirhams per US dollar - 11.584 (January 2002), 11.303 (2001), 10.626 (2000), 9.804 (1999), 9.604 (1998), 9.527 (1997)
  
  
GDP of Agriculture: 0.00 % GDP of Industry: 0.00 %
GDP of Services: 42.50 %  
   
Inflation Rate: 0.00 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 0.00 % Tourism: 0.00 visitors each year
   
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $0 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $0 USD
   
Electricity Production: 90,000,000 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 83,700,000 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
 
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 100.00% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 0.00% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
   
Oil Production: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 0 cu m
Oil Consumption: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 0 cu m
Oil Exports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 0 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 0 cu m
   
External Debt: $0 USD Received in economic aid: $0 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
   
Agricultural Products: fruits and vegetables (grown in the few oases); camels, sheep, goats (kept by nomads)
 
Primary Industries: phosphate mining, handicrafts
 
Industrial Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
  
Import Amount in USD: $0 USD - fuel for fishing fleet, foodstuffs
 
Import Partners: Morocco claims and administers Western Sahara, so trade partners are included in overall Moroccan accounts
 
Export Amount in USD: $0 USD - phosphates 62%
 
Export Partners: Morocco claims and administers Western Sahara, so trade partners are included in overall Moroccan accounts
 
    
GINI Index: 0.00%
 
Labor Force Number of People: 12,000
 
Labor Force by Occupations: animal husbandry and subsistence farming 50%
 
  
 SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN COMMUNICATIONS
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 2 Number of People with Radios: 56,000
Television Broadcast Stations: 0 Number of People with Televisions: 6,000
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 2,000 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 0
 
Internet Service Providers: 1 Internet Users: 0
 
Internet Country Code: .eh Newspapers: 0
Two Letter Country Code: EH Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: Electricity Voltage: Volts
  
Telephone Systems: general assessment: sparse and limited system domestic: NA international: tied into Morocco's system by microwave radio relay, tropospheric scatter, and satellite; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) linked to Rabat, Morocco
 
  
 SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN TRANSPORTATION
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Highways: 1,350 km Railways: 0 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 0 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 3 Heliports: 0
 
Motor Vehicles: 0 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 0 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  
Merchant Marines: NA
 
Ports and Harbors: Ad Dakhla, Cabo Bojador, Laayoune (El Aaiun)
 
  
 SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN PEOPLE
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Population: 256,177 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 0.00 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 0.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 0.00 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: 0.00% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 0.00 babies born per woman
 
Population Male 0-14: 0 Population Female 0-14: 0
Population Male 15-64: 0 Population Female 15-64: 0
Population Male 65+: 0 Population Female 65+: 0
 
Population 0-14: 0.00% Literacy Rate: 0.00%
Population 15-64: 0.00% Literacy rate of Males: 0.00%
Population 65+: 0.00% Literacy rate of Females: 0.00%
 
Population that is Male: 0.00 % Population that is Female: 0.00%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 0.00 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 0.00 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 0.00 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 0.00 years
 
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.00% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 0
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
   
Disease Risk:
 
Diseases:
 
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: 0.00
 
Nationality: SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN
 
Ethnic Groups: Arab, Berber 
 
  
Primary Language: Hassaniya Arabic
 
Other Languages: Hassaniya Arabic, Moroccan Arabic
 
 
Primary Religion: Muslim
 
Other Religions: Muslim
 
  
 SAHRAWIAN, SAHRAOUIAN MILITARY
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Branches: NA
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: NA years
 
Manpower Available: 0 People
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 0 People
 
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 0 People per year
 
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
 
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 0.00
 
 
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