Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra
العيون - الساقية الحمراء
Houses in Laayoune
Location in Morocco
|• Type||Governor–regional council|
|• Wali||Yahdih Bouchab|
|• Council president||Hamdi Ould Errachid|
|• Total||140,018 km2 (54,061 sq mi)|
(1 September 2014)
|• Density||2.6/km2 (6.8/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra (Arabic: العيون - الساقية الحمراء) is one of the twelve regions of Morocco. It is mainly located in the disputed territory of Western Sahara: the western part of the region is administered by Morocco and the eastern part by the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. The region as claimed by Morocco covers an area of 140,018 square kilometres (54,061 sq mi) and had a population of 367,758 as of the 2014 Moroccan census. The capital of the region is Laâyoune.
Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra borders the region of Guelmim-Oued Noun to the north and Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab to the south. It shares its eastern border with Mauritania's Tiris Zemmour Region, and to its west is the Atlantic Ocean. The towns of Tarfaya, El Marsa and Boujdour are located on the Atlantic coast, and the Canary Islands are located offshore. The regional capital Laâyoune is located inland near El Marsa, and the region's second-largest town Smara is located near its geographic centre. The Moroccan Wall runs through the region and the area to its east is under the control of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
The first president of the regional council, Hamdi Ould Errachid, was elected on 14 September 2015. He is a member of the Istiqlal Party and previously headed the council of the former Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra region. His uncle of the same name is the mayor of Laayoune. Yahdih Bouchab was appointed governor (wali) of the region on 13 October 2015.
Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra consists of four provinces: