The prices of petrol in the Comoros archipelago dropped to 600 Comoran francs (US$ 1.21), diesel to 500 francs (US$ 1.01) but paraffin o il remained unchanged at 300 francs (US$ 0..6), the state-owned radio announced M onday.
It quoted Comoros President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi as having taken steps to reduce the prices after touring the Mohéli Island at the week-end.
Immediately the reduction was announced, commercial motorists quickly lowered th eir charges in the city from 400 to 300 Comoran francs.
“We immediately applied the presidential decision,” said Cheikh Elbeit, manager of a filling station, who said it was “a relief for stakeholders in the sector”.
Rising oil prices early this summer had resulted in the increase of prices of staple commodities, including bread and fish.
It was also reflected in the cost of public transportation in the archipelago.