Bolivia’s former president was a long time supporter of the Polisario’s independence claims.
Rabat – The Polisario’s leadership has gone from disappointment to disappointment in recent months as the breakaway movement continues to lose key supporters worldwide.
Former President of Bolivia Juan Evo Morales announced on November 10 his decision to resign after 14 years in power. The decision comes following waves of protests against his disputed re-election.
The South American country’ military forced his departure to ensure stability.
The departure of Latin America’s longest-serving leader may come as a blow to the Polisario Front. Under Morales’ leadership Bolivia, was a staunch supporter of the front’s separatist claims, supporting the Polisario position in several international organizations, including the United Nations.
Bolivia was among the countries to defend Polisario’s separatist claims at the UN 4th Committee in October.
Representatives from the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) also exchanged visits with Bolivian officials.
In July Bolivian Chancellor Diego Pary Rodriguez received a copy of the “credentials of the ambassador” of the self-proclaimed SADR to Bolivia Mohamed Salmed Daha Lehbib.
The meeting came only a few days after El Salvador decided to withdraw its recognition of the self- styled SADR.
El Salvador’s decision was a setback for the Polisario, whose leader Ibrahim Ghali has long lobbied traditionally socialist Latin and Central American countries to garner backing for the establishment of an independent state in Western Sahara.
El Salvador is among a growing list of countries that support Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Peru, Bolivia’s South American neighbor, is among the countries that support Morocco’s Autonomy Plan, an initiative submitted to the UN in 2007 as a possible political solution for the Western Sahara conflict.
In August, former president of Peruvian Congress Pedro Olaechea reiterated support for the Autonomy Plan.