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Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)
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||Arab, Spanish, Hassani
||Until 1976, Western Sahara was a territory of
Spain and used the license plate
system in use in metropolitan Spain. Spanish
Sahara was annexed by Morocco
and Mauritania in 1976.
The "Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic" (SADR) is a
government in exile founded by the Polisario Front on February
27, 1976. It currently controls about 20% of its claimed territory.
Morocco controls and administers the majority of the territory
as its Southern Provinces.
Referring to the Moroccan provinces as "Occupied Territory",
Polisario as SADR claims control over a zone largely bordering
Mauritania, described by Polisario as "the Free Zone," although
characterized by Morocco as a buffer zone.
Western Sahara is currently recognized by about 60 countries.
Morocco retains de facto control.