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W. Sahara independence group says its chief has died

Abdelaziz had been Polisario’s leader since 1976

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The Polisario Front, which demands the Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco said Tuesday that its secretary general Mohamed Abdelaziz has died “after a long illness,” Algeria’s APS news agency reported.

Abdelaziz had been Polisario’s leader since 1976 after the group was founded three years previously in the former Spanish colony’s struggle for independence.