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Said Mohamed Cheikh (1904–16 March 1970) was the head of the Government of Comoros from 1962 until his death in 1970. He was the president of the Parti Vert and of the Governing Council.[1]

Biography

Cheikh was born in 1904 but he completed his education in Madagascar qualifying in 1926 in medicine. When he returned to the Comoros islands he was the first doctor. He worked as a doctor until the end of the second world war in 1945.

In 1954, he was the diplomatic representative at United Nations General Assembly on behalf of France.

Dr. Said Mohamed Cheikh was considered to be, in the period leading up to independence, the most important political leader in the islands.[1]

Cheikh was elected to be the first president of the Governing Council of the Comoros Chamber of Deputies in 1961, a post he held until he died of a heart attack in 1970 in the capital of Madagascar (Antananarivo). Cheikh was buried in Moroni in the Comoros.

Legacy

In 1978, the government issued high value gold coins worth 10,000 and 20,000 francs which bore the likeness of Cheikh.[2] Postage stamps bearing his likeness were issued in 1973.

References

  1. ^ a b Comoros - The Break with France, Country Studies, accessed 20 August 2008
  2. ^ Gold coins of the World, accessed 20 August 2008

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