News March 02, 2017 at 10:09 am

Africa’s Top 5 Political Secessionist Movements

Mark Babatunde March 02, 2017 at 10:09 am

March 02, 2017 at 10:09 am | News

Polisario Front (PF): Western Sahara (Morocco)

Polisario Front

Indigenous Sahrawi people react during the funeral of Western Sahara’s Polisario Front leader Mohamed Abdelaziz in Tindouf, Algeria June 3, 2016. Photo credit: REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

The Polisario Front (PF) is a secessionist movement seeking to end the Moroccan presence in Western Sahara. The PF was formed in 1973 by a group of Sahrawi students who survived a 1986 massacre and a few Sahrawi men who served in the Spanish Army.

The Polisario Front enjoys the political backing of Algeria and many of the African Union’s (AU) member nations. The organisation also has observer status at the AU. The Polisario Front desires the complete liberation and independence of the Western Sahara from Moroccan occupation.

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