The relatively new flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was officially adopted on May 17, 1997.
It was flown by Kabila military forces during a successful coup d'etat. The six gold stars are said to represent the original provinces of Congo, formerly Zaire.
The coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo displays a leopard head bordered by an elephant tusk and spear.
The national motto, "Justice, Paix, Travail" ("Justice, Peace, Work") is displayed on a ribbon below.