Comoros President Azali Assoumani has been re-elected for a fourth term in a poll disputed by the opposition as “fraudulent”.
According to the electoral body Ceni, Assoumani secured the win with sixty three percent of the vote but the opposition candidates in the Indian Ocean archipelago alleged instances of ballot stuffing in favour of Mr Assoumani and that polls had closed early.
More than three hundred and thirty thousand people were registered to vote, out of a population the World Bank estimates at eight hundred and thirty six thousand.
Mr Assoumani is a former military officer who first came to power through a coup in 1999 and won his first election in 2002.
“We cannot talk about results because there was no election,” Mouigni Baraka Said Soilihi, one of Mr Assoumani’s opponents, was quoted as saying by Reuters.
He exited politics in 2006, before making a comeback with a presidential win in 2016 and was able to seek a fourth term after a controversial referendum removed presidential term limits in 2018, leading to widespread protests in the country.