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Yearbook 2007

Comoros. Violence erupted on the island of Nzwani (Anjouan) ahead of the local presidential elections in June. The incumbent President Mohamed Bacar refused to step down, even though his term in office had expired. Nzwani's paramilitary police force attacked the Union troops sent to the island to ensure that the elections could be conducted. At least two soldiers were killed. Bacar, described by some analysts as a separatist leader, eventually agreed to leave the presidential post in order to stand for re-election. But when Union President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi decided to postpone the election on Nzwani, Bacar ignored it. He still held the election June 10, claiming he won and installed as president. The election was annulled by the Comorian Constitutional Court. On the other two major islands, the June 10 local presidential elections quietly proceeded. Mohamed Abdouloihabi, former minister and chief of staff at Sambi, won the election at Njazidja (Grand Comore). At Mwali, businessman Mohamed Ali Said was elected president.

2007 Comoros

According to CountryAAH, the African Union (AU), which sent soldiers and election overseers to Nzwani, imposed sanctions on the island's leadership in October-November to try to push new elections there. Bacar demanded that the elections be redone in all the islands. He refused to negotiate with the AU, which extended the sanctions. No settlement was reached in 2007.

French mercenary Bob Denard, known for leading several coups in the Comoros and other African countries, passed away in October. Denard, who turned 78, had been sentenced to four years in prison as late as July for his participation in the coup attempt in the Comoros in 1995. The verdict came after an appeal; the mercenary had previously been sentenced to five years in prison in a lower court.

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