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Comorian leaders sign power-sharing deal

Comoros leaders and representatives of its semi-autonomous islands signed a deal on a power-sharing formula, paving the way for postponed elections in the Indian Ocean nation. The accord was signed at the end of a regional summit, chaired by South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki, and which was aimed at resolving a political crisis that has dogged the islands since 1997. “Our work today culminated in the signing of an accord,” said Mbeki. “This accord will cover the transition period. “The next time I come to Comoros it will be to attend the opening of the elected assembly,” he said. Under the agreement, elections are to be held “by April 2004 at the latest”. Legislative polls were scheduled to be held by the end of 2002 but failed to take place. Full Story

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