Country Description

General information

Official name: Union of the Comoros 

Government: Republic

Area: 2,235 sq. km

Capital: Moroni

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

Political Data

Independence day: 6 July 1975 from France

Structure of Government:

ExecutivePresidency 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

Economic Data

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

Legal System

Mixed legal system of Islamic religious law, the French civil code of 1975 and customary law.

Useful Links

National: Constitution and Comorian Government portal.

Regional: Visit the website of: AU, OIC (Organization of the Islamic Cooperation)

International: United Nations Treaty Series Online collection

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