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Brahim Ghali, re-elected as Sahrawi leader, ‘does not exclude armed struggle’

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Interview. ‘The young people have lost patience, and they’re not the only ones. All Sahrawis feel that they have fallen victim to a lie. The Sahrawi people, led by the Polisario Front, will use all legitimate means to achieve their objectives.’

written by Stefano Mauro

Topic Middle East and North Africa

January 29, 2020

Brahim Ghali was re-elected Secretary General of the Polisario Front and President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (RASD) at the end of the 15th Congress of the Polisario Front, which was held from Dec. 19 to 25 in Tifariti, in the “liberated territories” of Western Sahara.

Over 2,500 delegates met to re-elect all the members of the movement’s leadership. It was a crucial meeting for deciding whether to continue to resist peacefully and diplomatically, an approach that has defined the Sahrawi movement since 1991 (which marked the signing of the agreement for the Minurso peace mission), or whether to change the manner of waging the fight, including considering armed struggle as an option, as wanted by some of the members of the Polisario Front, especially young people.

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