As Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound falls, within less than an hour of its infiltration there is already a momentus re-branding effort taking place on the ground – in the heart of Bab al-Aziziya Gaddafi’s single-colour green flags are being torn down and replaced with the horizontal-striped red, black and green Flag of the Libyan Republic, re-adopted by the National Transitional Council in March 2011.
This flag has history. It was first introduced in 1951.
As symbolic as flags are, only time will tell exactly what the Flag of the Libyan Republic stands for in 2011. The re-branding of Libya has just begun, nationally and internationally.