Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

Morocco: Member of Polisario National Secretariat Khalil Sid Mhamed Passes Away- Statement

Shaheed Al Hafed — The member of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front and Head of its Political Branches Secretariat, Mr. Khalil Sid M'Hamed, passed away Saturday night due to heart attack, according to a statement of the Office of the POLISARIO National Secretariat.

The statement stated that around ten O'clock in the evening of this Saturday, 27th April 2013, and following a heart attack, El Khalil Sid Mhamed, a member of the National Secretariat and Head of Political Branches Secretariat of the Frente POLISARIO passed away.

Khalil Sid Mhamed was born on February 14th, 1947 in the region of Egleibàt Elfula in Western Sahara. He is married and father for 14 children, five boys and nine girls.

The deceased is one of the first to enlist in the ranks of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Sagia El Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO).

He assumed several positions in the Front and State, both inside and outside.

He served for several periods of time as a governor of various wilayas, and was appointed Minister of Education and Minister of Interior. He appointed as a minister of education, interior as well as occupied territories, communities abroad and national rural. He also served as an ambassador in Algiers.

He became a member of the Office of the POLISARIO National Secretariat and Head of Political Branches Secretariat after POLISARIO 13th Congress.

The deceased has been characterized by his humility, discipline, simplicity, seriousness, dedication and confidence in the ability of the people to achieve victory.

Khalil Sid Mhamed sacrificed his entire life to the service of the cause and the principles of the Frente POLISARIO, said the statement.

In the wake of this great loss, POLISARIO National Secretariat Office declared a national mourning for a week starting on Sunday, 28th April 2013, and formed a national committee to follow up on the funeral and burial ceremony.

Body of the deceased will be buried in the Cemetery of the Wilaya of Smara, Saharawi refugee camps, this April 29th, 2013 at 9 o'clock.

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