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Former Coup Leader wins election in Comoros

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  president  elect of the Comoros islands, Azali Assoumani
president elect of the Comoros islands, Azali Assoumani

A former coup leader and opposition politician, Azali Assoumani, has won the Comoros Islands presidential runoff election, after a disputed first round in February.

According to the BBC, Colonel Assoumaniwas declared winner of Sunday's runoff with 40.9 percent of the votes. Volatile Comoros islands have been rocked by some 20 coups and attempted coups since gaining independence from France in 1975.

Assoumani’s main rival, Vice President, Mohamed Ali Solihi, who had the government's backing, secured 39.9 percent of the vote. The third candidate in the runoff secured 19.2 percent.

Under the constitution, the presidency of the Union of Comoros rotates among the three islands of Grande Comore, Anjouan and Moheli. 

Assoumani, who comes from Grande Comore, had after the first round secured the backing of Juwa, an opposition party, whose own candidate dropped out.Assoumani's CRC party is the second-biggest opposition group to Juwa.

The BBC also quotes the country’s elections Commission as saying more than a dozen candidates demanded a recount after the initial vote, but the Constitutional Court ruled against them. 

Mr. Assoumani first seized power in a coup in 1999 and ruled until 2006, after winning the first multi-party poll in 2002, the BBC said. Since gaining independence from France in 1975, the tiny African nation has been rocked by some 20 coups and attempted coups.

Analysts say the completion of a five-year term by outgoing President, Ikililou Dhoinine, is a sign of stability.

 


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