Iraqi Government Announces New National Flag Design Competition

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Okay, so we’ve all heard about design competitions put on by various governments, with everything from stamps to murals to those stupid child-drawn city stickers we have to shell out $75 bucks for every year here in Chicago. It’s a quick, cheap way to get some free press once a winner is selected and a method of making constituents feel like they’re involved. But what does it say when an entire country decides to hold a design contest to have someone come up with a new national flag? We’ll have to wait for an answer to that, as the Iraqi government has just kicked off a design competition to find a new flag. Here’s a bit:

Lawmaker Mufeed al-Jazairi announced the competition on Tuesday. He says interested people have until the end of September to submit their designs.

Al-Jazairi says a committee will select three designs to be presented to the parliament, which will vote on a new flag by the end of this year.