African Union sues for peace in Comoros after political violence
The African Union (AU) has called for an urgent resumption of peace talks in Comoros where a political crisis has turned violent.
At least two people are reported to have been killed during clashes between security forces and armed opposition protesters on the island of Anjouan.
The Chair of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, called on politicians to put the interest of the country above all other considerations.
The crisis began with July’s constitutional referendum which ended the rotation of the presidency between the three main islands of the Comoros.
The opposition boycotted the vote which they saw as an illegal power grab by President Azali Assoumani – who can now run for office again.
Mr Assoumani ruled Comoros in 1999 to 2002 and again from 2002 to 2006.His third stint began in May 2016 (BBC)