Western Sahara. In July, the UN published the provisional vote for the referendum on the future status of Western Sahara, 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 Western Sahara. 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.