Abdelkader Taleb Omar

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Abdelkader Taleb Omar
عبد القادر طالب عمر
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Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Republic
Assumed office
29 October 2003
President Mohamed Abdelaziz
Khatri Addouh (Acting)
Brahim Ghali
Preceded by Bouchraya Hammoudi Bayoun
Personal details
Born 1951[citation needed]
El-Aaiún, Spanish Sahara
Political party Polisario Front

Abdelkader Taleb Omar (Arabic: عبد القادر طالب عمر‎‎, ʿAbd āl-Qādar Ṭāleb ʿOmar; b. 1951[citation needed]) is the Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), in the framework of the government-in-exile proclaimed by the Polisario Front.[1]

Career[edit]

Omar is a Polisario Front veteran who has lived in exile in the Tindouf province, Algeria since 1975. He has held several ministerial posts in previous governments, served as speaker of the Sahrawi National Council (the parliament in exile) in the 1995-1998 period,[2] and also as Wali (Governor) of the Smara refugee camp, near Tindouf.[3]

He was named to that post of Prime Minister by SADR president Mohamed Abdelaziz, in the framework of the XI General Popular Congress held in Tifariti on October 29, 2003,[3] and re-appointed again to that post in early 2012.[2]

Abdelkader was widely tipped to be the favorite to succeed Mohamed Abdelaziz, to the post of president in 2015, with the Algerian Département du Renseignement et de la Sécurité considered to be preferring him over other candidates. But Abdelkader ruled himself out, paving way for Brahim Ghali, who was serving as the ambassador in Algiers at that time, and was also considered to be close to the Algerian DRS to ascend to that post. [4][5]

Abdelkader is widely perceived as a liberal, arguing for a return of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara to Sahrawi territories, as a preclude to the referendum, unlike many other Polisario Front leaders who would prefer an armed resistance against Morocco. [6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government inspection committee observes progress of work at Ministry of Information". Sahara Press Service. 27 November 2016. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Re-appointment of Mr. Abdelkader Taleb Omar as prime minister in the Saharawi government". Sahara Press Service. 1 January 2012. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Western Sahara News October , Weeks 40 - 44 (28.09.-31.10.2003 ARSO, 29 October 2003
  4. ^ "Polisario: why the DRS co-opts Taleb Omar". Polisario Confidential. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Polisario front reaches consensus on Ghali". La Vanguardia. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Polisario: Mohamed Abdelaziz’s Succession, No Surprise". Polisario Confidential. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "We hope return of MINURSO with specific agenda to organize self-determination referendum, says Sahrawi PM". Algeria Press Service. 2 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bouchraya Hammoudi Bayoun
Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Republic
2003–present
Incumbent