A Light Blue Ensign defaced with nine yellow stars depicting a map of the islands.
After losing a vote of no-confidence in parliament, Prime Minister Kamuta Latasi was forced out of office and was replaced by former-and-interim leader Prime Minister Bikenibeu Paeniu who restored the flag to the 1978 version with nine stars. Paenlu was quoted as saying, "The flag was through a competition, and again the Parliament of Tuvalu chose it, under the leadership of our first Prime Minister who still is alive, the Right Honourable Sir Toaripi Lauti. That flag was the choice of the people of Tuvalu, from day one of independence." (RadioNZ, 2011).