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Libya new regime flag hoisted at the Nairobi embassy

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY IBRAHIM ORUKO

The flag of the Libyan National Transitional Council was hoisted at the Libyan embassy in Nairobi to mark the change in government. The green flag espoused by Col Muammar Gaddafi when he took power in 1977 was replaced with the green, black and red flag of Libyan National Transitional Council which is running the country after Gaddafi's ouster early last month.

The hoisting of the new flag which also bears a crescent and a star on the black background, comes a week after a meeting between Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula and the NTC Prime Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil in New York. The two met on Friday last week on the sidelines of the UN general assembly where Kenya formally gave the new Libya regime consent to hoist the flag.

This is an important milestone for the NTC after the UN General Assembly voted unanimously to let its interim government take up Libya’s seat at the UN. The vote allowed Jalil to attend this week's UN gathering in New York, where he met President Barack Obama and other world leaders on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

Some 90 countries now recognize the NTC, whose leaders moved to Tripoli two weeks ago. The 15-member Security Council unanimously recently passed a resolution to ease an assets freeze and arms embargo against Libyan companies and the new government