Aliyen Habib Kentaui

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Aliyen Habib Kentaui
حبيب علي الكنتاوي
POLISARIO Representative to Sweden
Assumed office
4 January 2012
Prime Minister Abdelkader Taleb Omar
Preceded by Brahim Mojtar
Sahrawi Ambassador to Nigeria
In office
11 September 2000 – 25 July 2008
Prime Minister Bouchraya Hammoudi Bayoun
Abdelkader Taleb Omar
Succeeded by Oubi Buchraya Bachir
Sahrawi Ambassador to Ethiopia
In office
February 1996 – September 1999
Prime Minister Mahfoud Ali Beiba
Succeeded by Mohamed Fadel Ismail Ould Es-Sweyih
Personal details
Born 1954
Smara, Spanish Sahara
Political party POLISARIO
Residence Stockholm,  Sweden
Occupation Diplomat
Religion Sunni Islam
Sahrawi Arab Democratic
Republic (SADR)
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Aliyen Habib Kentaui (born 1954, in Smara, Western Sahara[1]) is the Polisario Front representative for Sweden.[2]

Diplomatic postings[edit]

Prior to 1995, Kentaui was the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) ambassador for India for some years.[3] He was then appointed as SADR ambassador for Ethiopia and permanent representative to the Organization for African Unity[4] until 2000, when he was replaced by Mohamed Fadel Ismail Ould Es-Sweyih. That year he was accredited as SADR ambassador for Nigeria,[5] presenting his credentials to Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2001.[6] He stayed in that post until 2008, after being elected as Wali (Governor) of the Wilaya of Ausserd, at the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria.[7] In January 2012, he replaced Brahim Mojtar as POLISARIO Representative for Sweden.[8]


  1. ^ Kerman Romeo (2010-12-14). "Entrevista:Alien Kentaui (Dirigente del Frente Polisario) "Devorar el Sáhara sería un aperitivo para Marruecos"" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  2. ^ "New representative of the Frente Polisario received at Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Sahara Press Service. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Aliyen Kentaoui ny representant för Polisario Front i Sverige" (in Swedish). 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  4. ^ Communique du Ministère de l'Information de la République Arabe Sahraouie Démocratique - 63ème Session du Conseil des Ministres de l'OUA ARSO, 29 February 1996 (French)
  5. ^ SADR-Nigeria - Western Sahara Weekly news - Week 37 (10.-16.09.2000) ARSO, 11 September 2000
  6. ^ Diplomacy - Western Sahara Weekly news - Week 13 (25.-31.03.2001) ARSO, 30 March 2001
  7. ^ El Polisario irá a las negociaciones de Manhasset para llegar a una solución que garantice la autodeterminación del pueblo saharaui. Yahoo Groups (SPS), 30 December 2007 (Spanish)
  8. ^ "President appoints governors of Wilayas". SPS. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-11-08.