Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra

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Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra
العيون بوجدور الساقية الحمراء
Region
Official seal of Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra
Seal
Location in Morocco
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 26°08′N 14°30′W / 26.133°N 14.500°W / 26.133; -14.500Coordinates: 26°08′N 14°30′W / 26.133°N 14.500°W / 26.133; -14.500
Country  Morocco
 Western Sahara
Capital El Aaiún
Government
 • Wali Khalil Dkhil
Area
 • Total 39,480 km2 (15,240 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 256,152
 • Density 6.5/km2 (17/sq mi)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra (Arabic: العيون بوجدور الساقية الحمراء‎) is one of the sixteen regions of Morocco. It is mainly located in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Most of the region is administered by Morocco.
The region covers an area of 39,480 km² and has a population of 256,152 (2004 census).[1] The capital of the region is El Aaiún.

Geography[edit]

The Moroccan and Western Saharan territories of the region are bordered to the east by the Moroccan and Western Saharan territories of the region of Guelmim-Es Semara respectively. To the south is the region of Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira, entirely within the Western Sahara. The east of the region borders the Mauritanian region of Tiris Zemmour. Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra has a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, facing the Spanish Canary Islands.

The region is made up into the following provinces:

Municipalities by population (2004 census)[edit]

The Cathedral of El Aaiún, the regional capital and largest settlement.

The capital, El Aaiún, contains 73.1% of the region's population. Of the four municipalities, only Tarfaya is outside the disputed area.[2]

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