||Until 1976, Western Sahara was a territory of
Spain and used the license plate system in
use in metropolitan Spain.
Spanish Sahara was annexed by Morocco and
Mauritania in 1976.
The "Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic" (SADR) is a government in exile founded
by the Polisario Front on February 27, 1976. It currently controls about 20% of
its claimed territory. Morocco controls and administers the majority of the territory
as its Southern Provinces.
Referring to the Moroccan provinces as "Occupied Territory", Polisario as the
SADR claims control over a zone largely bordering Mauritania, described by Polisario
as "the Free Zone," although characterized by Morocco as a buffer zone.
Western Sahara is currently recognized by about 60 countries.
Morocco retains de facto control.