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President Lifts Emergency Imposed After Impeachment Attempt

September 7, 1991

MORONI, Comoro Islands (AP) _ The president of this tiny archipelago nation has lifted a 4-day-old state of emergency he’d imposed when the Supreme Court attempted to impeach him.

Said Mohamed Djohar, in nationally broadcast remarks, said Friday night that there no longer remained any serious threat to the government.

The Supreme Court had accused Djohar of failing to fulfill his duties and declared his impeachment.

But soon after that, the man designated as interim president, Chief Justice Ibrahim Halidi, was reportedly arrested and Djohar announced that an attempted coup d’etat had been foiled.

On Aug. 27, Djohar shuffled his Cabinet, bringing in two leading members of opposition parties.

Djohar, a former head of the Supreme Court, was elected in March 1990 to replace President Ahmed Abdallah Abderrahmane, who was slain the previous November.

The Comoros lie between Mozambique and Madagascar off southern Africa’s east coast. Three of the islands - Grande Comore, Anjouan and Moheli - make up the Comoro Republic. A fourth island, Mayote, remains French.

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