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Comoros (1992 - 1996)

Historical flag

Last modified: 2019-01-11 by rob raeside
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1992 Comoros flag image by Graham Bartram, 22 Jul 1996 See also:

About the flag

In 1989, Bob Denard came back to the Comoros under his real name, Gilbert Bourgeaud, and murdered Abdallah on 27 November 1989.  In spite of repeated attempts of coup, Said Mohammed Dzohar remained in power and a new Constitution was approved on 07 June 1992.  A new flag, based on the design of the one used since 1978 was adopted with the following specifications (Calvarin [clv02]):

  • the crescent should «point upwards»
  • the stars should «be placed on an horizontal line linking the points of the crescent».
Hervé Calvarin in Comores: un nouveau drapeau pour la réintégration d’Anjouan [clv02] adds that the flag proportion "seems to be" 2:3, as shown by Pierre Charles Lux-Wurm in Les drapeaux de l’Islam de Mahomet à nos jours [lux01].
Ivan Sache, 20 Apr 2002

According to an article in The Flag Bulletin (No. 174) [tfb] in 1992 yet another variant saw the crescent and stars now facing upwards.
Stuart Notholt, 22 May 1997

The stars point upwards and the crescent horns curving more than 180 degrees, partially enclosing the four stars.
Graham Bartram, 22 Jul 1996


Reported variant

 

Old Comoros flag image by Željko Heimer 25 Nov 1995

A variant with four stars in a semicircular half-moon, with tipped stars, also appears to have been used, as illustrated above.
Željko Heimer 25 Nov 1995

I suspect the difference is more based on local variants. I have copies of the relevant constitutions and I don’t recall any of them being particularly explicit on the details of the flags.
Iain Walker, 10 Feb 1999

The Flag Bulletin suggests that the green in the 1975 and 1992 flags may have been lighter than in the others. Neither this change of colour, nor the positioning/orientation of the crescent and stars, appear to have any broader significance. The changing of flags is, in short, due to political volatility in the country.
Stuart Notholt, 22 May 1997



 
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