Comoros election: opposition supporters tear-gassed by police

A protester and a policeman were wounded
Comoros Gendarmerie officers fire tear gas as they disperse opposition supporters, in Moroni, on March 25, 2019. – Police fired teargas and rubber bullets on March 25 to disperse more than 100 opposition supporters as Comoros awaited results of elections President Azali Assoumani is expected to win, AFP journalists said. The main opposition grouping, the Union of the Opposition, alleged that irregularities at several polling stations reported by the electoral commission on March 24 when polling took place, amounted to a “coup d’etat” and called for public “resistance”. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP)

Police fired teargas and rubber bullets, Monday, to disperse more than 100 opposition supporters as Comoros awaits results of presidential elections which the incumbent President Azali Assoumani is expected to win according to local media reports.

Two people were wounded — a protester and a policeman who were wearing civilian clothes — when the group tried marching towards the city’s square named Place de l’Indépendance.

The main opposition grouping, the Union of the Opposition, alleged that irregularities at several polling stations reported by the electoral commission on Sunday when polling took place, amounted to a “coup d’état” and called for public “resistance”. 

An official of the electoral commission in Comoros on Sunday told journalists that a dozen booths had been vandalized during polling while witnesses said several stuffed ballot boxes had been found and some opposition poll assessors prevented from going about their duties.

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