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The flag of the Tunisian Republic is prescribed by Constitutional Law No. 56,
promulgated on 30 June 1999 by Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, President of the
Republic, and published on 6 July 1999 in the Tunisian official gazette, No. 54,
The flag of the Tunisian Republic is composed of a red rectangle, whose width equals the two thirds (2/3) of its length. It is tied to the host by the left's vertical edge.
In the flag's center is drawn a white circle, whose diameter equals one third (1/3) of the rectangle's length. The circle's center matches the intersection point of the rectangle's diagonals. Within the white circle is drawn a five-pointed red star whose center is located on the horizontal median, at the right of the white circle's center and at a distance of one thirtieth (1/30) of the flag's length in the hoist's opposed side. The dimensions of the branches of the star are determined by an imaginary circle representing the ends of the branches and having for center the star's; its diameter equals fifteen percent (15%) of the flag's length. The branches are equidistant, the end of one of them being located on the flag's horizontal median and at the left of the white circle's center.
The star is surrounded on the hoist's size by a red crescent composed of the intersection of two arcs, an outer arc having for center the white circle's center and whose diameter equals one fourth (1/4) of the flag's length, and an inner arc having for center the star's and whose diameter equals one fifth (1/5) of the flag's length.
At the top of the flag of the Tunisian Republic dedicated to the President of the Republic is inscribed in gilded letters the writing (...). The flag is attached to a spear with a gilded finial, on which are engraved the circle, the star and the crescent, and to which is attached a ribbon featuring a flag.
Article 4. A technical file [not supplied in the online version] is attached to this Law, including a model of the flag, its different measurements, the way to draw it as well as technical specifications for the color.
Law no. 56
The flag is briefly described in the Constitution promulgated on 27 January 2014 and published on 20 April 2018 in the Tunisian official gazette.
The flag of the Tunisian Republic is red, charged in the middle with a white disk featuring a five-pointed red star surrounded by a red crescent, as provisioned by the law.
A very similar wording is found in the first Constitution of Tunisia, promulgated on 1 June 1959.
The flag of the Tunisian Republic is red, charged, in the conditions defined by law, in the middle with a white circle featuring a five-pointed star surrounded by a red crescent.
Ivan Sache, 16 October 2019