Thursday, November 4, 2010

Morocco rejects Western Sahara independence referendum

In a 1991 a peace treaty with Polisario to end the uprising in Western Sahara, the Moroccan government promised to hold a referendum on independence.  After stalling and disagreements, mainly on compiling the electoral list, the government changed its mind and now refuses to have a vote on independence, offering instead some measure of autonomy for the region:

This is a fascinating case study on how compiling the voters list in an independence referendum can have a huge impact on the potential outcome (and the agreement of the parties on whether to participate in holding the referendum).  I will be writing more about this in future posts.

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