President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

President of the
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Brahim Ghali

since 12 July 2016
Residence Sahrawi refugee camps, Tindouf, Algeria
Inaugural holder Mohamed Abdelaziz
Formation August 1982
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The President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is the head of state of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a government in exile based in the Sahrawi refugee camps of Tindouf, Algeria.

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. Name
Portrait Term of Office Party
1 El-Ouali Mustapha Sayed
29 February 1976 9 June 1976
(died in combat.)
Polisario Front
Mahfoud Ali Beiba
9 June 1976 30 August 1976 Polisario Front
2 Mohamed Abdelaziz
30 August 1976 31 May 2016
(died in office.)
Polisario Front
Khatri Addouh
31 May 2016 12 July 2016 Polisario Front
3 Brahim Ghali
12 July 2016 Incumbent Polisario Front

See also


  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. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
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