Sunday, February 19, 2006

Congo has a new old flag again

In 1997 the government of Zaire was overthrown, the country's name was changed back to the Congo, and the flag used by the Republic of the Congo from 1960-1963 flew again as the national flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1973 the flag was changed, only to be replaced by the flag of the Republic of Zaire in 1971.

As I said, the overthrow of Zaire resulted in the resurrection of the 1960 flag of the Congo. Yesterday, a new consitution for the Congo went into effect, and with it the flag again changed. No, a new flag was not adopted. The 1960-63 flag, which flew again from 1997 to 2006, has been replaced with the flag of 1963-1971, shown in the above Reuters photo of yesterday's ceremonies in Kinshasa.

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