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Morocco backs Western Sahara autonomy

Moroccan King Mohammad VI has said he would consult with his country’s political parties about autonomy for Western Sahara on the 30th anniversary of the territory’s annexation by Rabat. “We have decided to consult the political parties, having regard for their fundamental role in major national questions, to see how they view the exercise of autonomy within the kingdom,” he said during a Sunday-night speech transmitted over radio and television on Morocco’s “Green March” anniversary. On this date in 1975, the late Moroccan King Hassan II encouraged some 350,000 Moroccans armed with the Koran and the national flag to march to the border with Western Sahara in a show of support for Morocco’s annexation of the former Spanish colony. Full Story

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