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Comoros swears in president after controversial elections

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<p><strong>Comoran President Azali Assoumani took the oath of office on Sunday, two months after his controversial re-election, pledging to take “appeasement measures” to quell accusations of election fraud.</strong> </p> <p>Azali has put oil revenue at the centre of his development plans, vowing to make the Comoros an “emerging economy” by 2030.</p> <p>“There are good ideas, there are ideas, initiatives for the construction of the country. I am optimistic that he will do more about that,” said Mohamed Houmadi, Comoros national.</p> <p>“I trust him because we’ve already started the El-Maarouf (hospital under construction), it’s a step, we have changed, there are roads, it’s a step. There is everything, there is electricity,” said Soeuf Anima, Comoros national.</p> <p>The March election saw Azali garner 60 percent of the votes, a figure that has been disputed by the opposition and election observers. The other 12 Presidential candidates did not attend the swearing in ceremony in defiance.</p> <p>“What I’m expecting is precisely for them to institute a new change, a new method and policy that speaks to the entire political class and at the same time that is a dynamic, positive, social, and economic approach,“said Moussa Ali Djamal, government supporter.</p> <p>Azali seized power in a coup in 1999, and was re-elected in a 2016 vote marred by violence and allegations of irregularities.</p>

Comoran President Azali Assoumani took the oath of office on Sunday, two months after his controversial re-election, pledging to take “appeasement measures” to quell accusations of election fraud.

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