Thursday, March 09, 2006

Changes to Venezuelan flag approved


The Venezuelan National assembly has now appoved the changes to the flag requested by President Hugo Chavez. As reported by Associated Press:
    President Hugo Chavez has pulled Venezuela steadily to the left, and now he's even got the horse on the national flag running that way.

    Venezuela's solidly pro-Chavez National Assembly gave final approval Tuesday to changes in the flag proposed by the socialist president: an eighth star and a turnabout of the horse that until now has galloped to the right.

    The move clears the way for Chavez to unfurl the new national banner on Flag Day on Sunday.

6 Comments:

At 2:16 pm, Blogger Hermann Albrecht said...

Why the eighth star?

 
At 9:31 pm, Blogger Devereaux said...

From the AP report:

"Venezuela's yellow, blue and red flag has had seven stars since 1863, representing the original seven provinces that rose up against Spain.

"Chavez suggested the eighth star to represent the early 19th-century eastern province of Guayana, which was initially loyal to Spain but then joined an independent Venezuela.

"South American independence hero Simon Bolivar once proposed a flag with eight stars in 1817, and it was used for several years. Chavez has called the eighth star the "Bolivarian star" _ like his "Bolivarian Revolution," which he says is leading the oil-producing country toward socialism."

 
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