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Yearbook 2004

Comoros. In March, parliamentary elections were held on the three semi-autonomous islands of Ngazidja (Grande Comore), Mwali (Mohéli) and Nzwani (Anjouan). In all the islands, the elections meant a great victory for the regional presidents' parties, who got the majority of the votes.

2004 Comoros

According to CountryAAH, the result of the federal parliamentary elections, held in April, was also a success for the regional presidents. Eighteen of Parliament's 33 members were elected in direct elections, while the other 15 were taken from regional parliaments. The position of Union President Azali Assoumani weakened considerably. His party received only six of the 18 seats, while the other twelve went to the regional opposition parties. The opposition gained a three-quarters majority in the federal parliament and was expected to use its position to give the regions greater autonomy.

A new government, with representatives from both the Union president's party and the opposition, took office in July. However, Azali Assoumani, who has ruled the country since the 1999 military coup, claimed that the time of turmoil and coups is over and that the country has now gained stability.

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