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According to the Ethiopian Parliament site,
"the State of Tigray consists of 4 administrative zones, one special zone, 35 woredas and 74
towns." It is "located at the northern tip of the country. The region
shares common borders with Eritrea in the north, the State of Afar in the
east, the State of Amhara in the south, and the Republic of the Sudan in
the west." The capital city is Mekele and the "State of Tigray has an
estimated area of 80,000 square kilometers."
What this means is that the old province of Tigray grew with territory formerly belonging to the province of Gonder to give birth to this state (eventually with border arrangements with other administrative divisions). Mekele was already the capital of the old province.
Jorge Candeias, 22 December 1999
The flag adopted is a slightly changed flag of the
Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPFL). Crampton in his 1990 book (cra90) already states
that "The Tigre Liberation Front is fighting a similar battle in the
Ethiopian province of Tigre [he refers here to the Eritrean People's
Liberation Front] and is one of the more successeful of several such
secessionist groups in Ethiopia."
The flag adopted for the state is red with a golden yellow triangle at the hoist and a large star of the same colour centered (or sort of) in the flymost 2/3rds of the flag, rotated to point at the fly.
TPFL flagThe drawing at Crampton is only different in the dimensions (smaller, though not as small as in the image currently at FOTW - that has wrong shades anyhow, methinks) and rotation of the star (upright).