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"Proceso", 21 November 2005, reports the end of the campaign for the general elections (for the President of the Republic, the Vice-President of the Republic, 128 MPs and 298 Mayors), scheduled for 27 November. Only the two dominant parties have a chance to win the Presidency, the National Party and the Partido Liberal. The flags of these two parties are shown on: Pictures from electoral meetings shown by "Proceso" confirm our images:
- Partido Nacional: Blue with a white star
- Partido Liberal: Horizontally divided red-white-red (In one of the images of "Proceso", there seems to be something in the white stripe of some of the flags, maybe the party emblem).
"Proceseo" shows three more flags in the heading of the article:
- a white flag with a circulat red and green emblem
- a yellow flag with UD in red and something unreadable below
- a green flag with a white triangle charged with a white triangle and circle outlined in green
The article mentions three smaller parties: Unificación Democrática (left), Innovación y Unidad-Social Demócrata y Democracia Cristiana. The flag with UD is most probably the flag of Unificación Democrática. I don't know how to separate the names of the two last parties: "Innovación" and "Unidad-Social Demócrata y Democracia Cristiana", or, "Innovación y Unidad-Social Demócrata" and "Democracia Cristiana".  
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 25 November 2005

Süddeutsche Zeitung (23 Nov 2005, p.9) also shows a colour photo of a Partido Liberal: rally. I was very surprised about the abundance of "Austrian" flags, until I looked it up at this page. It is not too far-fetched, In my opinion, to assume that the editor who included the photo in the newspaper, was also struck by the allusion to the Austrian national flag, and therefore put the photo there.
Marcus Schmöger, 3 December 2005

"El Proceso", 26 November 2005, shows a cartoon and text allowing identification of all the party flags:
Partido Nacional - Blue flag with the white star
Partido Liberal - "Austrian" flag
Unificación Democrática (UD) - Yellow flag with UD in red
Innovación y Unidad (PINU) - White flag with the emblem in the middle
DC - Green flag with the white triangle.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 7 December 2005

Democracia Cristiana

Flag in use (see above)
image by Ivan Sache, 25 November 2005

Flag according to Statute
image by Ivan Sarajcic, 16 November 2005

In Statute of the Christian-Democratic Party of Honduras (El Partido Democrata Cristiano de Honduras) at
there is article about flag.
Articulo 4)
"Forman el simbolo permanente del P.D.C.H. una bandera color verde esmeralda, representativa de la esperanza nacional ante la actual sociedad injusta, en cuyo interior se encuentran las siglas DC signivican DEMOCRATIA CRISTIANA, simbolizando la pureza del poder popular en su lucha por alcanzar el poder politico y construir una sociedad de hombres y mujeres libres."
Ivan Sarajcic, 16 November 2005

Fuerza Universitaria Revolucionaria

image by J.A. Sommansson, 24 January 2005

This is the flag of Fuerza Universitaria Revolucionaria (FUR), in Honduras. FUR surged after the Sandista revolution in Nicaragua. It was the university students wing of the underground Fuerzas Populares Revolucionarias Lorenzo Zelaya.
Today its the university students wing of Partido Unificación Democrática.
J.A. Sommansson, 24 January 2005

Partido Liberal

image by António Martins

The Liberal Party of Hundures use an horizontal red-white-red flag as appear at <> (defunct).
Dov Gutterman, 11 October 1999

Partido Nacional de Honduras

image by Phil Nelson, 12 September 2000

Political Flags in XIX Century

I found a copy of an article from the heraldist prince George Ypsilanti in 1943 in "Boletin de la Bibliotea y Archivo Nacional" Año III, nº 6, dated 31 Octuber 1943, where are quoted some XIX century party flags in Honduras. All party flags are described and theres 11 parties (according text from 1821 to 1943). All are bicolored or monocolored flags.
There are three parties that have well known flags:
The federal party has as flag the B-W-B horizontal that remained as national and that in 1821 was the one of the Federal Republic of Central America. The Nationalist party and Liberal party have same flags as today.
There are more parties that I need to search more on them:
- The Gasista (Colonial) Party
- The Peoples Party
- Cotorro Party (Guardiolist Party)
- Fiebres Party
- Policarpist Party
- Anexionist Party
- Separatist party
- Servil or Moderate party
According a presentation signed by Dr. Louis J. Joest, Ypsilanti was a great expert in heraldry and lived in Honduras (was living in 1943) Perhaps more articles from heraldry or vexillology were wrote by Ypsilanti in Honduras in the years around 1943.
Jaume Olle', 29 January 2004