President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

The president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is the head of state of the partially recognized Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a government in exile based in the Sahrawi refugee camps of Tindouf, Algeria.

President of the
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Brahim Ghali
since 12 July 2016
ResidenceSahrawi refugee camps, Tindouf, Algeria
Term lengthNo term limit
Inaugural holderMohamed Abdelaziz
FormationAugust 1982

From the declaration of independence on February 27, 1976 to August 1982, the head of state of the SADR was known as the chairman of the Revolutionary Council. The office of the president of the SADR was established in August 1982, after a change in the constitution made by the fifth general congress of the Polisario Front, where it was decided the post were to be held by the Secretary-General of the Polisario.[1] The first President was Mohamed Abdelaziz from August 1982 until his death in 2016.[2][3]

The powers of the presidency are extensive, and they have been subject to modification in various constitutional amendments, the last occurring in 1995.

Chairmen/Presidents of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (1976–present)

No. Portrait Chairman/PresidentTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyRef.
Sayed, El-OualiEl-Ouali Mustapha Sayed
[lower-alpha 1]
29 February 19769 June 1976 101 daysPOLISARIO
Beiba, MahfoudMahfoud Ali Beiba
9 June 197630 August 197682 daysPOLISARIO
Abdelaziz, MohamedMohamed Abdelaziz
30 August 197631 May 2016 39 years, 275 daysPOLISARIO
Addouh, KhatriKhatri Addouh
(born 1954)
31 May 201612 July 201642 daysPOLISARIO[4]
Ghali, BrahimBrahim Ghali
(born 1949)
12 July 2016Incumbent6 years, 203 daysPOLISARIO


Brahim GhaliMohamed Abdelaziz (Sahrawi politician)El-Ouali Mustapha Sayed

See also

Explanatory notes


  1. Zunes S; Mundy J (2010). Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution Syracuse University Press. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. Abd al-Aziz Muhammad In: Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong, Henry Louis Gates (eds.) Dictionary of African Biography, Volume 6, Oxford University Press, 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  3. "Mort du chef du Polisario Mohamed Abdelaziz". 31 May 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  4. "Death of Sahrawi President Mohamed Abdelaziz: Polisario Front declares 40-day mourning". Sahara Press Service. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
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