Official name: Union of the Comoros
Area: 2,235 sq. km
Official languages: French, Arabic, Shikomoro
Other languages: Comorian
Population: 752,288 (est. July 2013)
Religions: Sunni Muslim (98%), Roman Catholic (2%), a recent Shia revival
Independence day: 6 July 1975 from France
Structure of Government:
Executive: Presidency rotates among the elected presidents of the Union's 3 main islands. The President and Vice Presidents are directly elected by absolute majority popular vote for a 4-year term that is renewable. The President is both Chief of State and Head of government.
Legislative: Unicameral Assembly of the Union. Members serve 5-year terms.
Judicial: The Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court are the highest courts.
Foreign policy: The Comoros is a member of AU, FAO, G-77, Arab League, OIC,OIF, IMF, ILO, UN, UNESCO, WHO,WTO (observer), etc
GDP: 657,3 million USD (World Bank est. 2013)
Main economic resources: Tourism, Fishing, vanilla, cloves, ylang-ylang (essential oil for perfume), le copra, coconuts, bananas, etc
Major Trading Partners: France, Turkey, Singapore, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, etc
Mixed legal system of Islamic religious law, the French civil code of 1975 and customary law.
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