Democracy and rights
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Twenty arrested suspects for planned attack
Around 20 suspects were arrested in April for planning a murder trial against
Union President Azali Assoumani. It states the country's police authority which
further claims that several people involved have moved abroad. Enli gt the
police had tried to place a homemade bomb that could be deployed remotely in the
president's aircraft, in connection with Azali Assoumani flying from Anjouan to
Mohéli. The security personnel must have refused to receive the package in which
the bomb was contained. Among the arrested are a high-ranking military police
and another military.
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Ex-president appeals against house arrest
Former President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Zambi, who has been in house arrest
for two years without any prosecution, intends to appeal this to the country's
highest court of appeal. According to his lawyer, Sambi believes his house
arrest violates the laws of the country, which allows a person to be held in
detention for a maximum of eight months without prosecution. The ex-president
believes he is being locked in for political reasons. When arrested in May 2018,
he was accused of disrupting the general order, later being identified in a
corruption deal involving the sale of Comorian passports to stateless persons
residing in the Gulf states. Meanwhile, under house arrest, Zambi's health has
deteriorated significantly and a judge in January has given him the right to
travel abroad to receive care, but the former president's lawyer says he was not
given this information.
The first case of covid-19 is reported in the Comoros
The Comoros report their first case of the covid-19 viral disease. The
infected person is in his 50s who should have been in contact with a
French-Comorian man who recently visited France. Union President Azali Assoumani
says the country is now entering a critical phase, while some countries have
begun to ease restrictions. Assoumani emphasizes that the most important thing
now is to ensure that the country's health care system is not overloaded, which
would then lead to even tougher restrictions to prevent the spread of infection.
For now, there is a nightly curfew, but the president says that it is not
possible to shut down the entire country because the residents then lose their
opportunities to support themselves. According to a source quoted by the AFP
news agency, Assoumani is trying to tone down the problems,
Tear gas is used against mosque visitors
26th of April
Security forces use tear gas to disperse people gathered in mosques on the
island of Anjouan in violation of the restrictions imposed by Union President
Azali Assoumani on April 24 to prevent the spread of the new corona virus.
Measures introduced despite the fact that the Comoros have not yet reported a
single case of covid-19.
CRC wins four new mandates in the second round of elections
Now the second round of elections is held in the parliamentary elections. It
was already clear that President Assoumani's Party of Comoros Reconstruction
(CRC) party had won the election, boycotted by most opposition parties. CRC now
adds another four terms to the 18 party won in January. Interior Minister
Mohamed Daoudous Orangea party wins two terms. The turnout is just under 71
The ruling party CRC against victory in elections boycotted by the
The outcome is given when the Comoros now go to parliamentary elections, when
the opposition has chosen to boycott the elections. President Azali Assoumani's
Party The Comoros Reconstruction Collection (CRC) wins 18 of the 24 seats, while
two seats go to another party within the governing alliance. With regard to the
four remaining seats, a second round of elections will be held on 23 February.
The turnout is 61.5 percent. The opposition justifies its decision on electoral
boycott with the fact that there are no guarantees that it will be implemented
correctly. One of the demands they made to take part in the elections was that
Comorians living abroad should be allowed to vote in it, something the President
did not want to agree with. Some incidents are reported in connection with the
election, among other things, several votes cast have been destroyed in the city
of Mbeni, where the opposition is strong.