- In line with powers conferred on him by the constitution of the Comoros Unions, President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi on Friday appointed a new government into office.
The new government features two Vice Presidents, Idi Nadhoim and Ikililou Dhoinine. While Mr Nadhoim is responsible for Transport and Tourism Ministries, Mr Dhoinine oversees Health, Solidarity and Gender Promotion.
Mr Mohamed Bacar Abdou Dossar has been retained as the Minister of Defence and Territorial Security and Director of Cabinet. Mr Ahmed Ben Said Jaffar takes the position of External Relations and Cooperation in charge of Francophonie and the Arab World.
Also included in the 15 team cabinet were Mohamed Ali Soilihi, the Minister of Finance and Budget; Mmadi Ali, Minister of Justice, the Penitentiary Administration, Islamic Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs and Ahmed Abdou, Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reforms and Human Rights.
Born on 5 June 1958 in Mutsamudu, Anjouan Island, President Sambi was inaugurated President of the Union of Comoros on 26 May 2006 after he had won the 14 May 2006 elections with 58.02%. He had won the polls through an independent ticket.
Popularly known as "Ayatollah", Mr. Sambi's re-election marked the first peaceful transfer of power in the Comoros. But his administration would later grind axe with that of the former Anjouan leadership, resulting to the ousting of Colonel Mohamed Bacar from power in March this year. Mr. Bacar's refusal to obey the authority of the Comoros federal government led to his overthrow.
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