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Flag of Djibouti

Djibouti
Ratio 2:3
Adoption 1977
Design A horizontal bi-color of light blue and light green, with a white isosceles triangle at the hoist bearing a red star in its center. [0]
Colors
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#12AD2B
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History

Before the establishment of French Somaliland, the flag of the Sultanate of Tajoura was the only ensign used in the territory. The flag of Djibouti was later created in 1972. Adopted in 1977, the national flag was an adaptation of the flag of the Ligue Populaire Africaine pour l'Independence (LPAI), a political party that led Djibouti to independence. The LPAI flag had a red triangle with a white star. For the national flag, the star was placed in an upright rather than a slanted position, and the proportions of the flag were lengthened. White, green, and light blue are the colors of the LPAI. The flag of Djibouti was raised for the first time upon independence on 27 June 1977, by the head of police Yacine Yabeh Galab. It is today flown on many governmental buildings. [0]

Meaning

The light blue represents the Issa Somalis, and the green represents the Afars. The five-pointed star in its center represents the Somali-inhabited territories in Greater Somalia.

Each colour symbolizes something different; namely, the earth (green), the sea and sky (light blue), peace (white), and unity (red). [0]