Democracy in Western Sahara

Western Sahara is a disputed territory, claimed by both Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. The following section explores the SADR’s governing mechanisms.

Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018


7 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Not Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017


No Data

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

No Data

Polity IV 2016


No Data

(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)


No Data


Political System

System of Government Single-party state
Presidential Electoral System Elected after GPC of the Polisario Front
Last Presidential Election 2012
Next Presidential Election 2016
Presidential Term Limits
System of Appointment to Legislature

Elected after General Popular Congress of the Polisario Front

Last Legislative Election


Next Legislative Election


Number of Seats in Legislature 51
Female quota, representation in lower house Yes

Western Sahara on DiA

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