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Islamist Confirmed Winner in Comoros President Election


Islamist candidate Ahmed Abdalla Sambi has been confirmed as the winner in the Comoros Islands' presidential election.

Comoros' Constitutional Court confirmed Mr. Sambi's victory Thursday.

Official results show Mr. Sambi winning a landslide victory with more than 58 percent of the vote. Politician Ibrahim Halidi received about 28 percent of the vote.

Outgoing President Assoumani Azili was barred from re-election because of a power-sharing agreement that calls for the presidency to rotate among the nation's three islands.

Called "Ayatollah" by his supporters, Mr. Sambi is an Iranian-trained Islamic religious leader from the island of Anjouan.

The new president is scheduled to be sworn in and begin his four-year term later this month.

Comoros has a history of political instability and coup attempts since winning independence from France in 1975.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.