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   Western Sahara

Introduction:
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 UN-brokered cease-fire; a UN-organized referendum on final status has been repeatedly postponed.


Official name: Western Sahara
Capital: none
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
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
Population: 382,617
note: estimate is based on projections by age, sex, fertility, mortality, and migration; fertility and mortality are based on data from neighboring countries (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Hassaniya Arabic, Moroccan Arabic
Official Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

Current Moroccan Dirham Exchange Rates
Historical Moroccan Dirham Exchange Rates
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Currency code: MAD
Area: total: 266,000 sq km
land: 266,000 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: hot, dry desert; rain is rare; cold offshore air currents produce fog and heavy dew


Map of Western Sahara
map of Western Sahara


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