Crackdown on Comoros opposition after referendum boycott

Authorities in the Comoros have launched a crackdown on opposition members following a controversial referendum which they boycotted, party sources said Wednesday.

The July 30 referendum returned overwhelming backing for reforms that will allow President Azali Assoumani to run for another term in office at the head of the Indian Ocean archipelago.

The vote also means the three posts of vice-president and constitutional court will be scrapped.

Around 10 opponents of the government have been recently arrested while a similar number have gone into hiding as they are being sought by authorities, according to opposition sources.

Former president Ahmed Abdallah Sambi who leads Juwa, one of the main opposition parties, has been under house arrest since May.

Source: Seychelles News Agency