Polisario’s Room for Maneuver Narrowing

The leaders of the Polisario Front no longer hide their fears to see their room for maneuver on the African scene narrowing, with the major changes due to take place at the beginning of 2017 within the African Union (AU) primarily with the imminent admission of Morocco.

Two Sahrawi dissidents from the Tindouf camps, who are well informed about what is happening at the Polisario headquarters in Rabouni, reveal that the Polisario leader, Brahim Ghali, and his close aides, are holding incessant meetings behind closed doors to discuss the expected changes that are likely to shatter their separatist claims.

In view of the growing number of African countries joining the Moroccan cause, Brahim Ghali and his cronies expect the worst in 2017 and no longer rule out the likelihood expulsion of the pseudo-SADR from the pan-African organization.

The two Sahrawi dissidents from Tindouf explain that the Polisario leaders are aware that several factors make this outcome unavoidable. They mentioned among other factors the plummeting of the backing they get from their main supporter, Algeria, which is today confronted to its own problems at the institutional level with the power vacuum and the struggle for President Bouteflika’s succession, and at the financial level with the collapse of their foreign exchange stocks following the fall in hydrocarbon revenues.

The Polisario leaders are also starting to panic with the imminent departure of the president of the AU Commission, the South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who was one of their main pillars in the AU, the dissidents said. They added that to make things worse for the separatists, Moroccan diplomacy made breakthroughs in the continent and fostered rapprochement between the Kingdom and African English-speaking countries, long considered as the preserve of Algeria.

Dlamini-Zuma has even dispatched this week to Tindouf her legal adviser to inform the Polisario leadership that the SADR may lose its membership within the AU as a full-fledged member and be granted an observer status instead during the African summit next January.

It is in this context that Brahim Ghali and his militiamen have launched their vain, but risky and provocative adventure by brandishing arms in the demilitarized zone of Guergarate in the extreme southwest of Morocco, the two dissidents said, explaining that the separatists’ move is to pressure the UN to relaunch the deadlocked peace talks on the Sahara issue.


No comments.

Leave a Reply