Group of 30 countries recognized Libya’s rebel government
Contact Group on Libya declares Gadhafi regime illegitimate
A bloc of 30 countries has declared Moammar Gadhafi’s government in Libya illegitimate, officially recognizing the rebel transitional government as the country’s true representatives. Officials from the Contact Group on Libya, which included Canadian foreign minister John Baird, made the decision Friday while meeting in Turkey. Canada had already formally recognized the Transitional National Council — the Benghazi-based government in Libya — but other countries, including the U.S., had not done so until Friday. Concerns over Libya’s future were also raised at the meeting, such as whether a post-Gadhafi regime would succeed in being democratic change and representing the various tribes and regions of the country.