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Here are some interesting facts about Comoros - Category: Introduction - Background: Comoros has endured more than 20 coups or attempted coups since gaining independence from France in 1975. In 1997, the islands of Anjouan and Moheli declared independence from Comoros. In 1999, military chief Col. AZALI seized power in a bloodless coup, and helped negotiate the 2000 Fomboni Accords power-sharing agreement in which the federal presidency rotates among the three islands, and each island maintains its own local government. AZALI won the 2002 Presidential election, and each island in the archipelago elected its own president. AZALI stepped down in 2006 and President SAMBI took office. Since 2006, Anjouan's President Mohamed BACAR has refused to work effectively with the Union presidency. In 2007, BACAR effected Anjouan's de-facto secession from the Union, refusing to step down in favor of fresh Anjouanais elections when Comoros' other islands held legitimate elections in July. The African Union (AU) initially attempted to resolve the political crisis by applying sanctions and a naval blockade on Anjouan, but in March 2008, AU and Comoran soldiers seized the island. The move was generally welcomed by the island's inhabitants.

Category: Government - Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Category: People - Death rate (deaths/1,000 population): 7.76 deaths/1,000 population (2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Oil - imports (bbl/day): 755 bbl/day (2005)

Category: Geography - Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nm; exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

Category: Transportation - Airports: 4 (2007)

Category: Communications - Internet users: 21,000 (2006)

Category: Military - Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 121,550; females age 16-49: 131,015 (2008 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: claims French-administered Mayotte and challenges France's and Madagascar's claims to Banc du Geyser, a drying reef in the Mozambique Channel; in May 2008, African Union forces are called in to assist the Comoros military recapture Anjouan Island from rebels who seized it in 2001

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  1. Economy - Oil - proved reserves (bbl): 0 bbl (1 January 2006 estimate)

  2. Economy - Currency (code): Comoran franc (KMF)

  3. Government - Diplomatic representation from the US: the US does not have an embassy in Comoros; the ambassador to Madagascar is accredited to Comoros

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook