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Africa: The Union of the Comoros
Comoros is an independent country made up of three islands, a fourth island is being ruled by France. These islands are off the coast of Mozambique, near Madagascar. Comoros was given the nickname of the ‘perfumed islands’ because of fragrant plant life as well as beautiful scenery.
The country has little known early history but was French ruled in 1886–87, then became a territory of France until 1947. The country is said to have gained full independence in 1975.
Although the early history of the islands is uncertain, they are thought to have been explored by Arab and Persian traders in antiquity and, like Madagascar, settled by small numbers of Malayo-Indonesian peoples, gaining a sizable population only when Bantu-speaking peoples from the African mainland settled there. Shīrāzi Persians are thought to have arrived later, establishing Sunni Islam as the dominant religion. The ensuing Shīrāzi sultanates established trade relations with other countries along the Indian Ocean and developed a thriving economy based on the sale of spices and slaves. The opening of the Suez Canal substantially lessened the islands’ importance as an entrepôt, though not their strategic value.
The President of Comoros Islands is Azali Assoumani born غزالي عثماني, 1 January 1959 aged 63 years. He is married to Ambari Assoumani, no information on children located.
Azali Assoumani is a Comorian politician and military officer who has served as President of Comoros since April 2019. He was also president from 2002 to 2006 and from 2016 to February 2019. He became Head of State after a coup d’état in 1999 and was elected President in 2002, 2016, and 2019.
Assoumani became president of the Comoros Council of State in 1999 after overthrowing interim president Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde in a coup d’état. His troops justified the coup on the grounds of…