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Zanzibar seeks separate flag
Zanzibar Stone Town
Zanzibar's constitution allows it to have its own emblem
Zanzibar's government has announced that the island will have its own flag by the end of this year.

Minister Salum Juma Osman told parliament that a new emblem would give the semi-autonomous Tanzanian island its own identity.

He said the constitution "empowered the government to have its own identity", and now was the appropriate time.

Zanzibar has been using the flag of Tanzania since its union with the former Tanganyika in 1964.

Mr Osman told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that he did not feel the union government would object to the plan.

He said the government was planning to ask designers and Zanzibaris to recommend a suitable design and colours for the flag.

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