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Libyan rebel flags raised around world

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 02:31

Aug 24 - As the rebels consolidate their control of Tripoli, more and more Libyan embassies around the world pledge their allegiance to the National Transition Council. Nick Rowlands reports.

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The Libyan embassy in Tokyo displays the adopted rebel flag of the National Transition Council, as Muammar Gaddafi's regime continues to crumble. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary says he hopes democracy will prevail. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY, YUKIO EDANO, SAYING: "We hope that there is no more bloodshed, and strongly hope that the democratic process is allowed to happen. We will stay in contact with the relevant countries and look to do whatever we can." As Libyan rebels take control of Gaddafi's Tripoli stronghold, more and more embassies around the world are pledging their allegiance to the National Transition Council. Although China has not yet officially recognised the rebels, a statement by a Foreign Ministry spokesperson referring to the "important role of the National Transition Council in solving Libya's problems" and calling for a "stable transition of power", gives a clear sign that Beijing has abandoned Gaddafi. At a meeting in Doha on Tuesday, the Secretary General of the Arab League praised Arab countries' efforts to recognise the NTC. The Prime Minister of Qatar said he hopes that "wisdom, forgiveness and the rule of law will be adopted by all Libyans." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) QATARI PRIME MINISTER, HAMAD BIN JASSIM BIN JABIR AL THANI, SAYING: "One war is over but the next has begun, that of building and forging consensus amongst Libyans, and I think this is just as important as the previous war." The Libyan political advisor to the embassy in Mexico City also raised the rebel flag, and claimed Libya was entering a new era. He called on Gaddafi's remaining allies in Latin America to recognise the NTC as Libya's legitimate governing force. One such staunch Gaddafi supporter is Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who refuses to endorse the NTC, and denounces the uprising as "the craziness of imperialism." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, HUGO CHAVEZ, SAYING: "Obama has already said he would collaborate economically with the new government that of course we do not recognise. We only recognise one government and that is the government that is run by Muammar Gaddafi, this is the government of Libya. There is no other government for us." But Chavez, like Gaddafi himself, is looking increasingly isolated: Libya's rebel council has already been recognised by over 30 countries. Although Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli has fallen, there is no word on the fate of the Libyan leader, who has vowed to fight "to the end". Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Libyan rebel flags raised around world

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 02:31