List of heads of state of the Comoros

This article lists the heads of state of the Comoros, since the country gained independence from France in 1975.

President of the
Union of the Comoros
National Seal
Azali Assoumani
since 26 May 2016
Term length5 years, renewable once.
Inaugural holderAhmed Abdallah (State of the Comoros; First president of the Federal and Islamic Republic of the Comoros)
Ali Soilih (State of the Comoros; First president)
Azali Assoumani (Union of the Comoros)
Formation27 October 1977
SuccessionLine of succession
DeputyAbolished, Vice-President of the Comoros
Salary117,060 USD annually[1]

List of officeholders

No. Portrait Name
Title Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
/State of the Comoros (État Comorien)
Ahmed Abdallah
President of the Government
(until 7 July 1975)
Head of State
6 July 19753 August 197528 daysUDC
Said Mohamed Jaffar
Chairman of the National Council of the Revolution
(until 10 August 1975)
Chairman of the National Executive Council
3 August 19753 January 1976153 daysRDPC
Ali Soilih
Head of State
(until 28 October 1977)
3 January 197613 May 19782 years, 130 daysRDPC
Said AtthoumaniChairman of the Politico-Military Directorate13 May 197823 May 197810 daysIndependent
//Federal and Islamic Republic of the Comoros
(République fédérale islamique des Comores) (Jumhuriyat al-Qumur al-Itthadiyah al-Islamiyah)
Ahmed Abdallah & Mohamed Ahmed
(1919–1989) (1917–1984)
Co-Chairmen of the Politico-Military Directorate
(until 22 July 1978)
Co-Chairmen of the Directorate
23 May 19783 October 1978133 daysUDC
Ahmed Abdallah
Chairman of the Directorate
(until 25 October 1978)
3 October 197826 November 1989 11 years, 54 daysUDC
Said Mohamed Djohar
Acting President27 November 198920 March 1990113 daysUDC
Said Mohamed Djohar
President20 March 199029 September 19955 years, 193 daysUCP
Combo Ayouba
Coordinator of the Transitional Military Committee29 September 19952 October 19953 daysMilitary
Mohamed Taki Abdoulkarim & Said Ali Kemal
(1936–1998) (1938–2020)
Acting President2 October 19955 October 19953 daysNational Union for Democracy (Comoros)
Party of Unity and Fraternity of the Islands
Caabi El-Yachroutu Mohamed
(born 1949)
Interim President5 October 199526 January 1996113 daysRally for Democracy and Renewal
Said Mohamed Djohar
President26 January 199625 March 199659 daysRally for Democracy and Renewal
Mohamed Taki Abdoulkarim
President25 March 19966 November 1998 2 years, 226 daysRally for Democracy and Renewal
Tadjidine Massounde
Interim President6 November 199830 April 1999175 daysIndependent
Azali Assoumani
(born 1959)
Chief of Staff of the National Development Army
(until 6 May 1999)
Head of State
30 April 199923 December 20012 years, 237 daysMilitary
Union of the Comoros
(Union des Comores) / الاتحاد القمر (dzima wa Komori)
Azali Assoumani
(born 1959)
Head of State23 December 200121 January 200229 daysMilitary
Hamada Madi
(born 1965)
Interim President21 January 200226 May 2002125 daysRepublican Party (Comoros)
Azali Assoumani
(born 1959)
President26 May 200226 May 20064 yearsCRC
Ahmed Sambi
(born 1958)
President26 May 200626 May 20115 yearsFNJ
Ikililou Dhoinine
(born 1962)
President26 May 201126 May 20165 yearsFNJ
Azali Assoumani
(born 1959)
President26 May 2016Incumbent6 years, 250 daysCRC
Moustadroine Abdou
(born 1969)
Interim President3 February 201926 May 2019112 daysCRC


Ikililou DhoinineAhmed Abdallah Mohamed SambiAzali AssoumaniAli SoilihAhmed Abdallah


Article 58[3] of the Comorian Constitution states that "in case of absolute absence of a President" the following should happen:

  • If the absence (death, resignation, etc.) should occur within the first 900 days of the term, the cabinet ministers and other members of the government select among the ministers a "main minister" to serve as Interim President. Elections must also be called in no more than 60 days after the absence of the President occurs; the person who wins those elections will be president for the remainder of the original five-year presidential term.
  • If the absence should occur beyond the first 900 days of the term, then the Governor of the island currently holding the presidency will assume the presidency until the end of the original five-year presidential term, at which point regular elections are held.

Latest election

Azali AssoumaniConvention for the Renewal of the Comoros96,63560.77
Mahamoud AhamadaIndependent23,23314.61
Mouigni Baraka Saïd SoilihiIndependent8,8515.57
Mohamed SoilihiIndependent6,1103.84
Hamidou KarihilaIndependent3,8802.44
Fahmi Said IbrahimIndependent3,7822.38
Hassani HamadiIndependent3,5762.25
Saïd LarifouIndependent3,3682.12
Achmet SaïdIndependent3,3262.09
Ibrahim Ali MzimbaIndependent2,1851.37
Ali MhadjiIndependent1,4840.93
Said Djaffar ElmacelyIndependent1,4740.93
Salim SaadiIndependent1,1040.69
Valid votes159,00895.53
Invalid/blank votes7,4394.47
Total votes166,447100.00
Registered voters/turnout309,13753.84
Source: CENI

See also

  • Politics of the Comoros
  • List of sultans on the Comoros
  • List of colonial governors of the Comoros
  • List of prime ministers of the Comoros
  • Vice-President of the Comoros


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