Western Sahara. In July, the UN published the provisional
vote for the referendum on the future status of V, which is
scheduled for July 31, 2000. Most of the 84,251 people who
will be allowed to vote have been presented by the Moroccan
government and not by the Independence Movement Polisario,
which the Government of Morocco interpreted as a sub-victor.
After several months of delay, in February, Morocco
signed an agreement on the status of the UN forces in V. The
agreement gave the UN force MINURSO (UN Mission for the
Referendum in Western Sahara) legal guidelines and also gave
UN employees certain guarantees.
The President of the Sahara Arab Democratic Republic
(SADR), Mohamed Abdelaziz, re-furnished the government in
February. New Prime Minister Bouchraya Hamoudi Bayoune,
former Minister of Finance and Development. The changes were
seen as a victory for the more moderate wing of Polisario.