Mauritania will hold a referendum on changing the flag
On a referendum to be held by the end of the year the people of Mauritania will decide whether to change its flag. The proposal is to add two red stripes on the top and bottom edge of the current flag.
Although the addition of red stripes is to honor the sacrifice of the nation’s martyrs, the proposal received very negative reactions among Mauritanians. They believe that no one has the right to change the flag which is a symbol of national heritage, unity and pride.
The current flag of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania was adopted on April 1, 1959 replacing the French tricolor. The green field as well as the crescent and star symbolize Islam. The golden yellow symbolizes the sands of the Sahara Desert.
It remains to wait until the end of the year and see whether Mauritania will change the flag, or again the flag will remain unchanged like in New Zealand and Fiji.