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Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

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The Saharawi (or Sahrawi) Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is the long-form English translation of the government of Western Sahara (Arabic: الجمهورية العربية الصحراوية الدمقرطية, Spanish: República Arabe Saharaui Democrática). It is composed entirely of members of the Polisario, a political party/independence movement with its headquarters in Tindouf, Algeria. This body is recognized as a sovereign entity by over 70 states, and is a full member of the African Union, but has no representation at the United Nations.

The SADR currently administers a minority of the territory of Western Sahara (east and south of the berm); the rest is administered by the Kingdom of Morocco. No state has recognized the annexation of Western Sahara by Morocco and Mauritania from Spain.

In the last UN-endorsed peace plan (created by Secretary-General Kofi Annan's personal envoy to the Western Sahara, James Baker III), the SADR would have been dismantled, at least temporarily, and replaced with the Western Sahara Authority (WSA), a governing body that would not claim sovereignty, but autonomy under Moroccan rule during a five-year transitional period until a referendum by Saharans on independence.es:República Árabe Saharaui Democrática

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