Myanmar Unveils New Flag

Government says it's part of transition to democracy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 21, 2010 2:08 PM CDT
Myanmar Unveils New Flag
A member of the Guard of Honor toots as a new state flag of Myanmar is hoisted outside the town hall Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar.   (Khin Maung Win)

Military-ruled Myanmar unveiled a new national flag today, just two weeks before an election that the government calls a major step in a transition to democracy but critics say is a sham. The 2008 constitution pushed through by the military called for fresh national symbols, including a new flag whose colors of yellow, green, and red would stand for solidarity, peace, and tranquility, along with courage and decisiveness. Still, the abrupt release of the new flag came as surprise. The one being replaced was introduced by the socialist government of late strongman Ne Win in 1974.
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