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by Nathan Augustine
Flag adopted 18 June 1996, coat of arms adopted 18 June 1996.
I have confirmed a despatch I received from the South African Embassy in Victoria with the Seychelles Consul in Johannesburg concerning new national symbols for that country. It reads:
"The Seychelles parliament recently approved new national symbols for the Seychelles which will be launched on their National Day, June 18 . The new symbols include a national flag, a new national anthem, Armorial Bearings and a President's Standard.
The new flag is made up of five oblique bands of blue, yellow, red, white and green (from left to right) representing a dynamic young country moving into a new future.
The colour blue depicts the sky and the sea that surrounds the Seychelles. Yellow is for the sun which gives light and life, red symbolises the people and their determination to work for the future in unity and love, whilst the white band represents social justice and harmony. The green depicts the land and natural environment.
The President's standard is the proposed new national flag with the armorial bearings positioned equidistant from the top and the bottom edges of the red portion of the flag.
The new national anthem gives thanks to God for the harmony, love and peace reigning in the Seychelles. It is entitled "Koste Seselwa" meaning "come together all Seychellois".
I got a diagram of the proposed flag - think of the old Mozambique flag (rays coming from the top left hand corner) and turn it upside down - this flag has the bands originating in the bottom left fanning out to fill up the fly in the colours as mentioned.
Bruce Berry, 27 March 1996
At http://www.francophonie.org/actualit, the colour specifications for the Seychelles flag are given as:
blue = cyan 100%, magenta 70%, pantone 294;
yellow = magenta 20%, yellow 100%, pantone 122;
red = magenta 100%, yellow 100% ; pantone 195;
green = cyan 100%,yellow 100%, pantone 356.
Ivan Sache, 1996-10-09
The proportions are 1:2, and the width of the fields on the top and the fly end are equal. i.e., 1/3 of the width and height, respectively.
Zeljko Heimer, 28 July 1996
The new flag of the Seychelles was adopted for the new era of the multiparty system. The old (second) flag was based on the flag of the Progressive Party (or something like that) led by Albert Rene (President), which was the same but with blue in the top (and not red). The new flag includes the colours of all (or principal) parties of the country.
Jaume Ollé, 12 September 1996
This is the Seychelles third flag. The first was adopted on independence in 1976 and was a white saltire dividing a blue (left and right) and red (top and bottom) field. This flag was replaced by the green/white/red wavy flag after only a year when a coup deposed the President from independence, James Mancham and brought his former deputy F. Albert Renee to power. Renee tried to institute a Marxist-style one-party state, but with the collapse of communism eventually allowed free elections, which he won against Mancham. The new flag dates from this period - 1994, and is supposed to be a non-partisan flag representing all sides.
Roy Stilling, 26 April 1997
located by Jarig Bakker
In a news item about an attempt to hijack an Air Seychelles plane, a shot of the Air Seychelles flag was seen. The flag looked like this image, obtained from the Air Seychelles website.
Jarig Bakker, 9 September 2002