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Political flags of Cape Verde

Last modified: 2006-03-18 by antonio martins
Keywords: paicv | star: 5 points (black) | paigc | partido africano da independência de cabo verde | mpd |
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(Partido Africano da Independência de Cabo Verde)
African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde

PAICV flag
image by Thanh-Tâm Lê, 13 Mar 1999

This party arose from the common P.A.I.G.C. party from Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, that had a yellow over green flag with a red stripe at hoist, and from which where derived both the current flag of Guinea-Bissau and the previous flag of Cape Verde. I don’t know how old is this flag (I didn’t know it before), but I suspect it dates from the time when the P.A.I.C.V. abandoned marxism-leninism and became a western-type socialist party. The P.A.I.C.V., by the way, was formed when the confederation between Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde got split, leading to the split of the common P.A.I.G.C. party. In Guinea, the party kept the same name.
Jorge Candeias, 11 Mar 1999

The party emblem and flag are prescribed in the party statues, adopted during the VIIIth congress of PAICV, held in Praia on 20 September 1997. PAICV had been founded on 20 January 1981. The original text in Portuguese can be found at Here’s my translation attempt:

Article 3. Symbols.

  • 1. The symbols of PAICV shall be its emblem and its flag.
  • 2. The emblem shall be a rectangle divided in three smaller rectangles of different proportions, placed from top to bottom as follows:
    • a. a main rectangle of yellow colour, on which is placed a five-pointed star, which points touch the sides of the said rectangle, being one point on each side — upper, left and right —, and two points on the bottom side
    • b. a green rectangle
    • c. a red rectangle on which is placed the acronym of the party PAICV.
    • d. the aforementioned rectangles are separated by narrow horizontal stripes.
  • 3. The flag shall be made of a rectangle divided into two fields:
    • a. three vertical stripes, equal in shape ans area, from left to right, green, red, and yellow.
    • b. a main white field, charged in the middle with a black five-pointed star. The acronym of the party PAICV is placed just below the star.
Ivan Sache, 14 Dec 2001

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A person I met from Cape Verde commented about a flag which is a white ground and a circle in the middle of it; inside of the circle is some kind of leaves going around each other.
Ásta Einarsdóttir, 30 Mar 2000

I believe that it is the flag of the MpD Party, one of the two biggest political parties in Cape Verde (the other is P.A.I.C.V.). As far as I remember the MpD flag has a white field, a black circle centered in that field, and some kind of a green wind fan (3 or 4 leaves?) within the circle.
Cláudio Alexandre Duarte, 6 May 2004