Comorian Former President Declares Candidacy for 2016 Elections

Comorian former President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, honorary leader of the Indian Ocean island nation’s opposition Juwa party, said he will run for office again in elections next year.

Sambi plans to run “to take my country out of the abyss that President Ikililou Dhoinine has plunged us into,” he told supporters at a meeting in Paris on May 16.

Earlier this month, Interior Minister Houmed Msaidie said Sambi should not be allowed to run because his candidacy would violate a clause in the constitution that states the presidency should rotate between its three main islands of Grand Comore, also known as Ngazidja, Anjouan and Moheli. Sambi is from Anjouan and the next president should come from Ngazidja, Msaidie said.

The Comoros, with a $911 million economy, has had more than 20 coups or attempts at seizing power since it gained independence from France in 1975, according to the Central Intelligence Agency. It’s one of the world’s biggest producers of ylang ylang, an essence used in perfumes, the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades says on its website.

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