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Azali Assoumani, AU’s Leader @ G20 Summit: Championing Africa’s Voice

Born on January 1, 1959, in Mitsoudje, a small village on the island of Grande, which is a part of the Union of Comoros, Azali Assoumani is the president of Comoros. He is a politician and former military officer who has been in the presidency of Comoros since 2002. With the army’s help, he overthrew Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde, the country’s acting president, in a coup in 1999.

He attended the G20 summit on September 9, 2023, representing the African Union as its chairman. It was under his direction that the African Union joined the G20. Formerly, the African Union was a G20 “invited internal organization.” The African Union, which consists of 55 nations, became the second permanent member of the G20 after the European Union. Previously, the G20 was made up of 19 nations plus the European Union. Together, these members accounted for nearly two-thirds of the world’s population, over 75% of global trade, and 85% of the world’s GDP.

Azali Assoumani as politician

After removing Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde as interim president in 1999, he assumed the presidency of the Council of State of the Comoros. His troops claimed that the coup was necessary to preserve the integrity of the territory.

Massounde then began negotiations for further autonomy or independence with representatives of the Anjouan island. This was true even though the Anjouan government had delayed ratifying the agreement, and a settlement on the matter had been reached between the three Comoros islands after an international meeting in Antananarivo.

On December 23, 2001, the referendum approved the Assoumani proposal for a new constitution. The new constitution granted the Comorian islands great autonomy; each island now has its basic laws, flag, and executive. Additionally, the religious symbols on the national flag were eliminated, and the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros was renamed the Union of Comoros. And as can be seen today, it turned multicoloured.

Assoumani resigned as President of the Council of State on January 21, 2002, to run for President of the Union of Comoros. Elections for 2002 were announced. and with 75% of the vote, he prevailed in the election.

In the 2016 presidential election, he entered one more campaign. He received 14.96% of the vote to finish third in the first round on February 21 and went on to win the second round on April 10 with 40.98% of the vote. Both Assoumani and Mohamed Ali Solihi, his opponent, contested the election results, claiming irregularities and fraud in the second round. Assoumani was to declare the ballots invalid at most polling places, especially in Anjouan. Consequently, the third round of voting took place on May 11. With 41.43% of the vote, the Constitutional Court declared Assoumani the winner on May 15.

The opposition claimed that Assoumani changed the constitution during his administration to continue ruling until 2029. Furthermore, the European Union withdrew all cooperation with Comoros in protest over the closure of the Constitutional Court and the Anti-Corruption Court.
Assoumani announced his resignation as president on March 24, 2019, to run for reelection. On April 3, 2019, he was re-elected following his victory in the first round of voting.

Azali Assoumani as Military officer

From 1977 to 1980, he pursued a career in the military for twenty years. After receiving training at Morocco’s Royal Military Academy, he eventually became a parachutist. After returning to the Comoros, he joined the FAC, which was then commanded by European mercenaries under Bob Denard. After senior Abdullah passed away and the mercenaries withdrew in 1989–1990, Mojor Azali rose to the rank of senior officer in the newly established Comorian Defense Force (FCD). In 1995, during this period, Denard’s mercenaries defeated the FCD once more (temporarily). In 1996, following further training at a French military facility, he was elevated to the rank of colonel and named chief of staff of the newly formed National Army of Development (NAD).

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What is the currency of Comoros?

The Comorian Franc is the official currency of the Comoros and the Franc is a symbol of Comorian currency.

Is Comoros an Islamic country?

Yes, 90% of the whole population is Sunni Muslims.

Is Comoros an Arabic country?

Yes Comoros is an Arabic country and also a member of the Arab League

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