The recent events concerning Africa show that Algeria continues to lose ground on the Western Sahara issue, since it is the only country that is still unconditionally supporting the Polisario and defending the whimsical idea of the Sahrawi Republic created out of nothing by Algerian generals.
The recent inauguration of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz confirmed the new situation. Contrary to the Polisario leader’s expectations, no member of the separatist front was invited to the official gallery in Nouakchott.
However, many African countries were represented at the inauguration ceremony, especially Mauritania’s immediate neighbors. Senegal, Mali and Chad were thus represented by their Heads of State, while the speaker of the Moroccan Parliament attended the ceremony on behalf of the Kingdom.
Having been used to be invited by Nouakchott, the Polisario leaders and their Algerian mentors deemed the Mauritanian president’s neglect as an insult. This is why SPS, the Sahrawi news agency, which is actually an extension of the Algerian official news agency APS, ignored the inauguration event.
By contrast, Algerian officials continue to make a lot of noise about their support to the Polisario. The organization in the Algerian city of Boumerdes throughout the month of August of what was pompously called “the Summer University of the Saharawi Republic Executives” is part of this obstinate propaganda.
The United States-Africa leaders summit held this week in Washington has also put Africa under the spotlight. And again, the Polisario and the Sahrawi Republic were treated with the same contempt, much to the discontent of Ramtane Lamamra, the Algerian Foreign Minister, and other Algerian diplomats.
Asked by a reporter about the absence of delegates of the Sahrawi Republic in Washington, an African diplomat said many countries of the continent do not know what to do of this “junk republic» that Boumediene and Gaddafi have left to Africa as a difficult legacy of the Cold War.