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Former coup leader Assoumani elected Comoros president

Azali Assoumani (pictured), who is set to take over from outgoing Comorosd President Ikililou Dhoinine, first came to power in 1999 after ousting acting president Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde in a coupFormer coup leader Azali Assoumani was elected as president of Comoros, according to provisional results released Sunday, after last month’s election was partially re-run due to violence and “irregularities”. In a tight race, Assoumani’s 41.43 percent haul saw him beat the ruling party’s candidate Vice President Mohamed Ali Soilihi, who received 39.66 percent of votes. “The Court declares Azali Assoumani president of Comoros for a term of 5 years,” Constitutional Court president Lutfi Soulamaine said in the capital Moroni.

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