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Afghanistan April 1978 - October 1978

Republic of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Jamhuri Dawlat

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[Afghanistan April-Oct.1978] 2:3 image by Santiago Dotor

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Same as the May 1974-April 1978 flag without the coat-of-arms.
Santiago Dotor
, 4 January 2000

According to Baert 2001, on 17 July 1973 Zahir Shah's cousin, Prince Mohammed Daoud, overthrew the King (...) and the Republic was proclaimed. Daoud was initially supported by Soviet Union, which was the first country to recognize the new Republic. On 27 April 1978, however, a coup overthrew Daoud and Afghanistan became a Marxist-Leninist state. Daoud was killed in his palace during the coup.

The new regime initially used the Republican flag, but without the emblem. The image in Baert 2001 is similar to the one above. New symbols were adopted on 19 October 1978.
Ivan Sache, 12 April 2002