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Polisario begin leadership talks in Western Sahara amid rising tensions


The Polisario movement, which is campaigning for independence in Western Sahara, began meeting on Friday 13 January for leadership talks.

The discussions come amid rising tensions be tween the hosts Algeria and Morocco which controls most of the disputed territory.

Polisario’s current head Brahim Ghali is expected to be re-elected to the top position and said: “The congress will be successful and put forward thanks to the struggle of the Sahrawi people and their fight against colonisation.”

More than 2,200 members of the movement and 370 foreign guests are attending the five-day congress deep in Algeria’s desert, at a Sahrawi refugee camp named after Dakhla, an Atlantic port city in what is Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara.

Sahrawi diplomat, Malainine Lakhal, said: “This is the first congress after more than thirty years of peace, in a context of war and the return of the armed state. 

“So, already this is the biggest change in the situation in Western Sahara. And it is very normal that the Sahrawi congressmen participating in the 16th Congress will try and will have to take decisions related to this kind of…

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