The President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz, passed away Tuesday May 31, 2016 following a long illness, according to a statement issued today by the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front. The National Secretariat expressed its condolences to the Sahrawi people and announced 40 days of national mourning.
In accordance with article 49 of the Statue of the Frente POLISARIO, the President of the National Council (the Parliament) shall assume the post of the Secretary-General and President of the Republic until a new Secretary-General is elected in an extraordinary Peoples’ Congress to be held within 40 days.
»Martyr Mohamed Abdelaziz passed away while we celebrate the 43rd annivesay of the Polisario Front, the outbreak of the armed struggle and the 40th anniversary of the Martyrs Day, the date on which El Ouali Mustapha Sayed died in war,« the Polisario Front stated in a communiqué. »The deceased left an important legacy of assets and achievements and a firm willingness and determination to pursuing the struggle until triumph,« the communiqué said.
»Our pain is tremendous but we must assume the responsibility, make further sacrifices and remain united to stand in the way of our peoples' enemies. We remain convinced that our people will not betray its martyrs and will neither betray his martyrs nor default its responsibilities,« he added. »In the face of this painful circumstance and as part of national struggle, the Secretariat General offers the Sahrawi people its sincere condolences and expresses deep compassion after the death of this figure that devoted his life to defending the Sahrawi people's dignity and rights, mainly living in a free and sovereign State,« the Polisario Front said. »The Sahrawi people, wherever they are, draw their strength from the values of national unity enshrined by the foresight and ingenuity of martyr Mohamed Abdelaziz, as the only guarantors of the freedom of our country from the Moroccan occupation, under the leadership of our legitimate representative, the Polisario Front.«
The Republic of Cuba through the Council of State decreed official mourning following the death of Mohamed Abdelaziz. According to information from the national television of Cuba released by the Cuban agency Prensa Latina, »the State Council of the Republic of Cuba agreed to declare official mourning from 06:00 hours on June 1 until 12:00 the night of 2 of June«.
Source: SPS / RedGlobe