Two red stripes flank a green field charged with a upward pointed crescent moon of yellow above which sits a yellow star.
The flag of Mauritania was voted on by the public through an online referendum on 5 August, 2017. The results were reported on 6 August, 2017 as: 85.61% yes, 9.99% no and 4.4% with a 53.75% participation rate.
On 24 August 2017 the Council of Ministers approved the bill to change the flag to the current design. Project de loi n°136/17, portant description du drapeau de la République Islamique de Mauritanie was adopted by parliamentary vote on 12 October, 2017.
Article 1: The national symbol of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a flag bearing a crescent moon and a golden star on a green background, on either side of which is a red rectangular strip.
Article 2: The smallest measurement of science equals two-thirds of the largest measure.
The crescent and the star are located in the centre of the flag so that the crescent is bent downward, and the five-pointed star is horizontally located on the sides of the crescent.
The two rectangular bars are located on either side of the upper and lower flag.
In violation of the provisions of the first paragraph of this article, measurements of banners and emblems of armed forces and security forces shall be in square form.
Article 3: The decree of the national flag model and the different categories and uses of flags shall be determined.
Article 4: All previous provisions of the law shall be repealed.