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Political flags of East Timor

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August 2001 elections

East Timor is preparing for elections, as a step on the way to independence. Party flags are appearing, as can be seen from news photos like these:

The emblems of the parties can be seen in this directory:
Jan Oskar Engene, 28 Aug 2001

Adding to the 16 parties (PDC, UDC/PDC, APODETI, UDT, PNT, PPT, PST, PD, PL, PTT, KOTA, PARENTIL, FRETILIN, PDM, ASDT and PSD), five individual candidates also run to the August 2001 elections, of which two are identified by means of their personal ex-libris — I know nothing of these being used on flags...
António Martins, 22 Sep 2001

UNTAET’s Regulation No. 2001/2:

On the election of a constituent assembly to prepare a constitution
for an independent and democratic East Timor

Section 24

A political party ... shall be deemed to be registered ... if the Chief Electoral Officer is satisfied ... that the political party does not have a symbol which is the same as or similar to the flag of another nation, any currently used mlitary symbol or insignia, the Falintil symbol, or the National Council of East Timorese Resistance symbol ...
Quite iteresting, isn't it? It seems that Falintil/CNRT-derived flags are to be reserved for the new national symbol...
Jan Zrzavy, 28 Apr 2001

It allows symbols based on the red-yellow-black arrowhead flag, entirely connoted to the most radical independentist tendencies. But I guess it would have been hard to avoid it with anything short of a direct reference...
Jorge Candeias, 28 Apr 2001

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