Comoros' President Azali Assoumani (R) shakes hands as he arrives to vote during a constitutional referendum on July 30, 2018 at Mitsoudje polling station, outside Moroni capital of the Comoros archipelago off Africa's east coast. AFP / TONY KARUMBA
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Voters in Comoros overwhelmingly backed controversial constitutional reforms that would allow President Azali Assoumani to run for another term, an electoral official said Monday, after a referendum boycotted by the opposition.Under the constitution adopted in 2001, power rotated every five years between Comoros' three main islands as a means of balancing politics in the coup-prone country.Following Monday's vote, that arrangement will be dropped and replaced by a president who will be elected for a five-year tenure, renewable for one term.Assoumani is now expected to stage early elections next year to extend his time in office.He had vowed to stand down if he had lost the vote, according to his spokesman Mohammad Ismailla.
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