President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
|President of the|
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
since 12 July 2016
|Residence||Sahrawi refugee camps, Tindouf, Algeria|
|Term length||No term limit|
|Inaugural holder||Mohamed Abdelaziz|
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.
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. The first President was Mohamed Abdelaziz from August 1982 until his death in 2016.
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/President||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Party||Ref.|
|1||El-Ouali Mustapha Sayed|
|29 February 1976||9 June 1976 †||101 days||POLISARIO||—|
|–||Mahfoud Ali Beiba|
|9 June 1976||30 August 1976||82 days||POLISARIO||—|
|30 August 1976||31 May 2016 †||39 years, 275 days||POLISARIO||—|
|31 May 2016||12 July 2016||42 days||POLISARIO|||
|12 July 2016||Incumbent||6 years, 254 days||POLISARIO||—|
- History of Western Sahara
- List of colonial governors of Spanish Sahara
- Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
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- ^ "Mort du chef du Polisario Mohamed Abdelaziz". 31 May 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
- ^ "Death of Sahrawi President Mohamed Abdelaziz: Polisario Front declares 40-day mourning". Sahara Press Service. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.