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Flag of Venezuela



Presidential Standard



The flag of Venezuela dates from 1811, the beginning of that nation's struggle for independence. The basic design includes a horizontal tricolorof yellow, blue, and red. Further modifications have involved including a set of stars, multiple changes to the placement and number of stars and inclusion of an optional coat of arms at theupper-left corner.Contents





7-star Flag of Venezuela, in use 1930–2006.



In 2006 the President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez announced plans to add an eighth star to the flag of Venezuela to bringabout a much belated fulfillment to Bolívar's 1817 decree. Although the new flag was approved by the Venezuelan government it has caused significant controversy, and at the time of its officialunveiling, Óscar Pérez, a spokesperson for the opposition group National Resistance Command, stated that the opposition would not use the new flag.



The opposition has complained about the significantcost involved in modifying not only all flags but all documents bearing the flag or coat of arms by the year 2011 as proposed by the government. However, the government says the 2011 proposal allowsample time for phasing in of the new flag as citizens, businesses, and other organizations are able to switch.



The changed direction of the horse on the coat of arms also caused a stir amongthe opposition, commentators, and comedians who have remarked that the horse's apparent "running to the left" is a not so subtle reflection of Chávez's left-leaning politics. The new law says the latterrepresents the horse running with "independence and freedom"; it includes no reference to the attributed political symbolism.



At the close of the Miss Universe 2010 pageant, StefaníaFernández, winner from 2009, pulled out a seven-star flag of Venezuela.

Customs and regulations



As with most other national flags, the Venezuelan flag should be flown every day by the legally...