People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, 1987
In 1987, through a referendum, Ethiopia became a People’s Democratic Republic. Mengistu Haile Mariam was confirmed as president. On 12 September 1987, the State Flag flag now carried a circular blue shield. It featured a stele of the ancient Kingdom of Aksum, a cogwheel, a red ribbon depicting a golden lion’s head, a spear and a sceptre. In a red circle was a yellow star, emanating 39 yellow rays. The country’s name was at the top in Amharic script.