Libyan embassy raises new flag

KUALA LUMPUR - The Libyan embassy here has raised a new flag following the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

The embassy's public affairs officer, Khaled Y. Dreed, said Libyans around the world were celebrating and positive towards the new transition.

"We are all happy and waiting for our election to come. Libyans can now have the freedom to choose their own government," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

The anti-Gaddafi uprising, led by the National Transitional Council (NTC), started in February following the arrest of a human rights campaigner in the eastern city of Benghazi, which subsequently became the rebels' capital.

On Monday, tens of thousands of Libyans poured into the streets of Tripoli and Benghazi at night to celebrate what they believed was the imminent fall of Gaddafi.

The NTC had begun making plans to run the country in the post-Gaddafi era and promised to hold parliamentary and presidential elections in eight months' time.