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P.R.S. party (Guinea-Bissau)

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Partido da Renovação Social (Social Renewal Party)

[flag] image by António Martins, 24 Jul 2017

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About the party

It is one of the country’s leading parties and is currently the main opposition party. Its leader is Kumba Ialá or Koumba Yalá (or any permutation, with and without accent mark), n.k.a. Mohamed Ialá Embaló.
António Martins, 26 Mar 2010

According to “A Transição Democrática na Guiné-Bissau : Um Parto Dificil” article by Carlos Cardoso in Lusotopie 1995: 259, this party was part of the politically heterogeneous Unido coalition, created in November 1992, along with P.C.D., P.D.P., and FLING
António Martins, 22 Mar 2010

Do the colours reflect the party’s political alignment towards the West (US/UK/France, etc)?
James Dignan, 26 Mar 2010

And North Korea…? Seriously, it is hard to discern the party’s political alignment towards the west when its leader recently recycled himself from fervent Christian to devout Muslim. That said, this choice of colors might serve that purpose, or might have served in the past when it was chosen.
António Martins, 27 Mar 2010

About the flag

Two flag variants are known, both based on non-textile depictions, however authoritative. A news photo (chosen to illustrate a Feb. 2016 news report, but might have been taken much earlier) showing an actual example of the flag on the cloth: Its design doesn’t differ significantly from the previously reported variants, sharing white lettering with the party website graphic and the colorful emblem with the depiction in the ballot papers. The central emblem is shown in three colors: Yellow for the maize cob leaves and for the stems of the rice stalk, golden yellow for the rice panicle and for the maize grains, and light green for the tuft at the top of the maize cob. The lettering is white, set in sans serif bold italics of a face akin to Futura, smaller than as shown in the party website. Note that this specific design may not be the official one (as illustrated in the party statues), and/or may not be the only one in use — it is however the only design we’ve seen in textile use.
António Martins, 24 Jul 2017

Yellow emblem version

[flag] image by António Martins, 25 Mar 2010

A clearer image, complete with the motto on the lower stripe (Liberdade - Transparência - Justiça) can be seen at the official website
James Dignan, 25 Mar 2010

It is a horizontal tricolor of red, white and blue with the party emblem centered on the white stripe, and the party name and sigla centered on the red stripe. Another page of the party’s official website, shows a larger image of the flag — and the emblem in the middle shows an ear of maize and another of rice, with their stems crossed, in golden yellow monochrome. This flag image is also at the main «About us» page), and indeed ubiquitous in the official website. The motto on the blue stripe means «Freedom - Transparency - Justice»; here "transparency" is a buzzword meaning honesty or accountability, the opposite of corruption. This flat flag image shows white letters, while the one on the ballot papers has them in black (and the emblem in full color). Ratio is fairly long in both images, around 3:5. The red stripe of the flat flag image on line is slightly wider, but I believe that is not intentional.
António Martins, 26 Mar 2010

Black letter version

[flag] image by António Martins, 25 Mar 2010

The flag of P.R.S. is shown in one of the two ballot papers reported (#5 in Bissau-29). This flat flag image shows black letters, while the one on the official website has them in white (and the emblem in golden yellow monochrome). Ratio is fairly oblong in both images, around 3:5.
António Martins, 26 Mar 2010