The Libyan ambassador showed his support for the democratic uprising in his country by lowering the solid green banner of Moammar Gadhafi’s revolution and raising the tricolored flag with a crescent moon and star last flown by King Idris, the monarch Col. Gadhafi overthrew in 1969.
“This flag represents our past and our future,” Ambassador Ali Aujali told a crowd of jubilant supporters Friday, as he hoisted the red, black and green flag over his diplomatic residence on Wyoming Avenue Northwest.
Mr. Aujali on Saturday reiterated that he remains the Libyan ambassador to the United States but no longer represents Col. Gadhafi’s crumbling regime. He rejected the Libyan dictator after Col. Gadhafi unleashed waves of violent attacks against unarmed opponents.
The ambassador embraced an interim government established by the former justice minister, Abud Ajleil, in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city now under the control of anti-government forces.
“This government is the government of the whole of Libya,” Mr. Aujali told reporters. “We want to support this government as the caretaker government until the liberation of Libya, which I hope will happen very soon.”
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