As of a few days ago, Morocco has been readmitted to the African Union after 33 years. According to Newsweek, Morocco left the predecessor organization after a majority of the members voted to recognize the disputed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR, aka Western Sahara). As far as I'm aware, this is still the position of most African countries. However, according to The Guardian, 39 of the countries decided to vote in favour of the readmission.
Obviously, each country has their own story, but are there more general reasons why they voted for readmission despite the SADR issue still being unresolved?
- To be clear, I'm not asking about Morocco's motives in rejoining (someone else can ask that if they wish)
- The SADR has actually welcomed the move hoping it reopens negotiations, but I don't know if their position was public knowledge before the vote