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In 13 May 1978 by a coup d’Etat of Bob
Denard became to power to old president Abdallah.
The flag was oficially changed 23 May 1978.
Jaume Ollé, 30 Mar 1997
According to an article in The Flag Bulletin
in 1978 the field became all green again.
The now enlarged and centred crescent still
faced the bottom right but the stars were
now arranged in a line between its horns.
Stuart Notholt, 22 May 1997
On 13 May 1978, the French mercenary Robert “Bob” Denard, a.k.a.
“Colonel Mustafa Madzihu”, overthrew Soilih and reestablished
President Abdallah. The new Constitution, dated 1 October 1978, prescribed the
Federal and Islamic Republic of Comoros. Red was excluded from the new flag,
and the four stars were placed between the two points of the crescent, to
symbolize reconciliation, according to Lux-Wurm
Ivan Sache, 20 Apr 2002
Following an invasion by mercenaries in which President Ali Soilih
was killed, a former president, Ahmed Abdallah, was restored. The
country was proclaimed an Islamic republic and a new flag was
adopted. There appears to be uncertainty about both the shade of
green and the proportions of this flag.
[smi80] (a work in which
colour shades are not very reliable) has a dark green and states that
the proportions are approximately 3:5.
[cra90] also has dark green; the
proportions are not stated but
those of the illustration are 1:2.
has a green that is only slightly darker than normal; the proportions
of the illustration are 3:5.
[shw94], which uses illustrations
prepared by the Flag Institute, has a medium green;
proportions are not specified but the illustration is 3:5.
Vincent Morley, 29 Mar 1997
Lux-Wurm [lux01] says it was
2:3, Calvarin [clv02] says 3:5.
Ivan Sache, 20 Apr 2002
At the Comores
InfosWeb site, the flag seems as that flag used between 1978-1992.
Horváth Zoltán, 27 Jan 2002
Strange indeed. I would propose the theory that this is an archival
photo, used in lack of a more recent one (a phenomenon which often causes
anachronical vexillological reports).
António Martins, 30 Jan 2002
I have on my files a photo of the
1998-1999 prime-minister of Comoros Djoussouf Abbas in front of a flag.
It’s a green flag with the crescent and four stars of Comoros tilted
45° clockwise. The fact that this flag appears in this photo means, I
believe, that the flag didn’t die with its
replacement in 1992. I don’t know when this
photo was taken, but I suspect that it might have been somewhen during the
flag debate that took place in the country and led to the adoption of the
current flag. Why? Well, because of the details in
Abbas’ political carreer: In this
of him (in french) we find that he was a candidate for president in 1990,
coming 4th. Then, since he was born in 1942, he’d be 48 yeas old,
and I believe he looks a lot older than that in the photo. And the
next time we could expect to find him in front of a comoran flag
is 1996, when he came 2nd in that year’s presidential elections.
That’s 4 years after the flag changed. I think that it is possible
that this flag kept on living somehow beyond 1992.
Jorge Candeias, 02 Aug 2005
Calvarin [clv02] reports an unofficial
(or simply erroneous) version of this flag, shown on a
Comorian stamp. The
flag is 1:2 with a large crescent placed along the hoist and the four stars
placed vertically between the points of the crescent.
Ivan Sache, 20 Apr 2002
The Comoros flag pictured on this stamp
(part of a three-stamp set issued in 1985; the Stanley Gibbons catalogue
numbers are 562 to 565) is pale green, with a golden crescent set at an angle
together with five small golden five-pointed stars set between
the points of the crescent.
Ron Lahav, 02 Feb 2005
The Comoro stamp in question was issued as
a set of four in 1985 to commemorate the 10th. anniversary of Comoro’s
independence. The flag is green, with a crescent moon (with its curved edge
towards the hoist) and four stars in white arranged in a line
between the horns. The bottom horn of the crescent is just inside the lower
hoist corner of the flag, while (I estimate) the top horn is just inside the
middle of the top edge of the flag. The top point of each of the four stars
lies on the line between the horns.
Richard Mallett, 03 Dec 2005
There seems to be a discrepancy in the colors of the stars between the
2005 edition of Staney Gibbons Stamps of the World which I used and
the 2006 edition which you are using.
Ron Lahav, 04 Dec 2005
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