Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi
(, born 5 June 1958) is a Comorian Islamic
leader and politician, and former President of Comoros
. He is popularly known as 'Ayatollah
'. After easily winning the 14 May 2006 presidential election
with 58.02% of the national vote, Sambi was inaugurated as President of the Union of the Comoros
on 26 May 2006. It was the first peaceful transfer of power in the history of the Comoros
Sambi was born in Mutsamudu
, on the island of Anjouan
. He is a father of seven children including two named Intisware and Fatoumat.He owns factories which produce mattresses, bottled water and perfume - a key Comorian export. He lives above a shop called The House of Mattresses in Mutsamudu, the capital of Anjouan. He also set up a television station called Ulezi (education).
He is of Hadhrami
ancestry, descending from the Ba 'Alawi family
(Yemen). Therefore, he is a descendant of and hence a .
"The Ayatollah of Comoros"
He was educated in Islamic studies
, Saudi Arabia
. According to the Tehran-based Tabnak
news agency, while Sambi was there he studied under Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi
Running as an independent
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