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Flag of East Timor

The national flag of East Timor (Portuguese: Bandeira de Timor-Leste) is one of the official symbols of East Timor. It consists of a red field with the black isosceles triangle based on the hoist-side bearing a white five-pointed star in the center superimposed on the larger yellow triangle, also based on the hoist-side, that extends to the center of the flag.

The flag of East Timor was adopted in 2002. It is the same as the flag that was originally adopted when the country declared its independence from Portugal in 1975, nine days before being invaded by Indonesia. At midnight on 19 May 2002, and during the first moments of Independence Day the next day, the United Nations flag was lowered and the flag of an independent East Timor was raised.

As per the Constitution of East Timor, the yellow (PMS 123) triangle represents "the traces of colonialism in East Timor's history". The black triangle represents "the obscurantism that needs to be overcome"; the red (PMS 485) base of the flag represents "the struggle for national liberation"; the star, or "the light that guides", is white to represent peace.

According to the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of East Timor'', Part I, Section 15: :"The national flag is rectangular and is formed by two isosceles triangles, the bases of which are overlapping. One triangle is black and its height is equal to one-third of the length overlapped to the yellow triangle, whose height is equal to half the length of the Flag. In the centre of the black triangle there is a white star of five ends, meaning the light that guides. The white star has one of its ends turned towards the left side end of the flag. The remaining part of the flag is red."

A different flag had been suggested by the representatives of the Timorese political parties and organisations during the first East Timorese National Convention held in April 1998 in Portugal. This flag was originally the flag of CNRT (Conselho Nacional de Resistência Timorense, National Council of Timorese Resistance). Because of CNRT's popularity, there was a consensus of the participants of the Convention to adopt their flag as a temporary flag for East Timor. It was replaced by the former design of 1975 in 2002.

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Flag of East Timor

Country - East Timor

East Timor or Timor-Leste (Tetum: Timór Lorosa'e), officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Repúblika Demokrátika Timór-Leste), is a country in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island surrounded by Indonesian West Timor. Australia is the country's southern neighbour, separated by the Timor Sea. The country's size is about 15,410 km (5,400 sq mi).

East Timor was colonised by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until 28 November 1975, when the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin) declared the territory's independence. Nine days later, it was invaded and occupied by the Indonesian military, and was declared as the country's 27th province the following year. The Indonesian occupation of East Timor was characterised by a highly violent, decades-long conflict between separatist groups (especially Fretilin) and the Indonesian military.
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Flag of East Timor (English)  Bandiera di Timor Est (Italiano)  Vlag van Oost-Timor (Nederlands)  Drapeau du Timor oriental (Français)  Flagge Osttimors (Deutsch)  Bandeira de Timor-Leste (Português)  Флаг Восточного Тимора (Русский)  Bandera de Timor Oriental (Español)  Flaga Timoru Wschodniego (Polski)  东帝汶国旗 (中文)  Östtimors flagga (Svenska)  東ティモールの国旗 (日本語)  Прапор Східного Тимору (Українська)  Национално знаме на Източен Тимор (Български)  동티모르의 국기 (한국어)  Itä-Timorin lippu (Suomi)  Bendera Timor Leste (Bahasa Indonesia)  Rytų Timoro vėliava (Lietuvių)  Østtimors flag (Dansk)  Vlajka Východního Timoru (Česky)  Doğu Timor bayrağı (Türkçe)  Застава Источног Тимора (Српски / Srpski)  Ida-Timori lipp (Eesti)  Vlajka Východného Timoru (Slovenčina)  Kelet-Timor zászlaja (Magyar)  Zastava Istočnog Timora (Hrvatski)  ธงชาติติมอร์-เลสเต (ไทย)  Σημαία του Ανατολικού Τιμόρ (Ελληνικά)  Quốc kỳ Đông Timor (Tiếng Việt)