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Libyan flag] 1:2, image by Martin Grieve, 26 August 2006

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At the Fourth Contact Group Meeting on Libya (a one-day meeting), held on July 15, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey "more than 30 Western and Arab countries, agreed to recognise the rebels" as the "legitimate governing authority".

The recognition comes from a total of 32 countries and seven international organizations (including: NATO, United Nations, African Union, European Union and Arab League, as well as the Libyan rebel TNC).

For the full official statement of the meeting please go to:

For additional information please see:
Esteban Rivera, 15 July 2011

Construction sheet

Libyan flag construction sheet] 1:2, image by Martin Grieve, 24 August 2011

We do not yet know for certain what the new flag of Libya will actually be, but there is a good chance that the 1951-1969 model will be re-adopted. The proportions and charge sizes may change of course, but I thought I would enclose a construction sheet of the original flag anyway based on the constitution.
Martin Grieve, 24 August 2011

Coat of arms

The NTC has a new emblem as coat of arms, seen here: For additional information please visit: NTC (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 18 July 2011

Re-introduction of the flag in 2011

As a result of the 2011 Libyan uprising, there are currently two entities claiming to be the official government of Libya. The English Wikipedia refers to the "Transitional National Council". The council refers to the state as the Libyan Republic. The 1951-1969 Libyan flag has been used by most flag-bearing protesters as an opposition symbol.
Ivan Sache, 12 March 2011

A common thread seems to be that most of these flags are homemade. Many variants are in use. We can probably attribute any irregularities to that. Here's an interesting phenomenon though: Multiple people carrying printouts of some digital image of the old flag. Note the equal-width stripes:
I wonder where that image comes from. Presumably there's a source online somewhere but it doesn't look like anything from Wikipedia or FOTW.
Brendan, 21 February 2011

The red-black-green flag is also being raised at at least some Libyan embassies in foreign capitals:
BBC television news reported that "tonight in London another extraordinary scene, a protester scales the front of the Libyan embassy to pull down the Gadaffi flag and replace it with the emblem of the previous monarchy. The fact he's unchallenged by Libya's diplomats inside suggests they too sense profound change in the air."
Dave Fowler, 21 February 2011
Colin Dobson, 22 February 2011

The 2011 Libyan uprising began as a series of protests and confrontations occurring in the North African state of Libya against Muammar  Gaddafi's 42-year old rule. The protests began on 15 February 2011 and has since become a widespread uprising that continues to the present. Inspiration for the unrest is attributed to the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, connecting it with the wider 2010–11 Middle East and North Africa protests. On 22 February, The Economist described the events as an "uprising that is trying to reclaim Libya from the world's longest-ruling autocrat." Gaddafi has referred the opposition variously as "rats", "cockroaches", "al-Qaeda" and "drugged kids". He has asserted that he will chase and hang them."

The opposition forces (Anti-Gaddafi forces) are:

  1. National Transitional Council (political body). They use the Kingdom of Libya flag (Arabic: المملكة الليبية‎) originally called the United Libyan Kingdom came into existence upon independence on 24 December 1951 and lasted until a coup d'état led by Muammar al-Gaddafi on 1 September 1969 overthrew King Idris of Libya and established the Libyan Arab Republic. The National Transitional Council was established in the city of Benghazi on February 27, 2011.
  2. NCLO (National Conference for the Libyan Opposition) (official website: ) (logo:, taken from their Facebook profile: An umbrella organization that is credited as one of the entities who helped organize initial protests during the 2011 Libyan uprising, as well as armed struggle.
    Within the NCLO are:
    2.1 Libyan Constitutional Union (official website:
    2.2 Libyan League for Human Rights (official website: (logo:
    2.3 Libyan Tmazight Congress (official website:
    2.4 FNSL (Front National pour le Salut de la Lybie) ( (official website: It's worth mentioning that on the FNSL website, the Kingdom of Libya flag is displayed throughout all its content.
  3. Committee for Libyan National Action in Europe
  4. Libyan Youth Movement
  5. Part of the Libyan Armed Forces who have defected to the opposition
  6. Part of the Libyan police who have defected to the opposition
  7. Tribal groups who have defected to the opposition, which are:
    7.1 Warfalla tribe
    7.2 Tuareg tribe
  8. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Esteban Rivera, 2 March 2011

Today the red-black-green flag was hoisted on the Libyan Embassy in Budapest. Image:
Zoltan Horvath, 21 March 2011

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