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by Steve Stringfellow
Flag adopted 12 Oct 1954, coat of arms adopted 10 Oct 1956
The five points of the Somali flag represents simple the previous colonial
area where mostly Somali speaking people live and lived.
Mohamed Aden, 13 Sep 1999
Mr. Mohammed Awale Liban had been selected by the Somali labor trade union. Then members suggested the the Somalia national flag must be adapted by the legislative council in order that the somalia people get to know their National Flag before independence. So the program of the legislative council agenda reached to be discussed the Somali National Flag. Mr. Liban had proposed that only the somali members should discuss the issue of their own Flag. According to the legislative councils constitution each new proposal had to be voted on by the Legislative council members. Mr liban succeeded his suggestion.while members of legislative councils which now only Somalis. They choose the chairman for Mr. Sheik Omar. Then the temporary new chairman said that the agenda will debate the next day. Therefore Mr. liban went home and started to design the Flag. Of course he had chosen a blue color and the middle was a white star.however, each point of the white star would represent the five Somalia regions, which were divided by the colonial powers.
The next morning the session started around 10:30. However, when the chairman had opened the session Mr. Liban had requested to the chairman to give him a chance to speak, the chairman allowed him. He stood up in front of legislative council members and stretched out on his chest the blue Flag with a white star in the middle. therefore as he kept on stretching on his chest, then one of the Somali members applauded and cheered while clapping for five minutes. The Somalia temporary chairman had made short speech in which he mentioned the greatness and ability of Mr. Liban whose talent had produced such a beautiful Flag less then 24 hours.
Mr. Mohammed Awale Liban said the blue color stands the United Nations
who help us to reach our dream of independence; white means peace and prosperity;
the star is the five regions of Somali.
Faisal H. Jama, 8 Mar 2000
In DK's Pocket Book of Flags (1997), it is noted:
The coat of arms was adopted in 1956. The leopards which support the shield and the white star were also found on the arms used during the Italian administration.And from Smith (1980), with the same picture, except the scroll white instead of yellow:
The arms of Somalia of 8 June 1919 featured a shield divided horizontally by a wavy white line. The top half of the shield was blue with a leopard in natural colour surmonted by a white five-pointed star. The present arms were adopted on 10 October 1956.Ivan Sache, 13 Dec 1999
Album des Pavillons (flagbook published
by the French Navy, often updated and corrected and therefore reliable)
shows the Somali roundel as a blue disc with a white five-pointed star,
the points of the star nearly touching the border of the disc.
This of course does not prove that there are still aircrafts showing this roundel. Encyclopaedia Universalis Yearbook says: "Armed forces: Tribal war since 1991."
Ivan Sache, 1 Feb 2000