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Flag of Libya

Libya
Ratio 1:2
Adoption 1951
Design A horizontal triband of red, black (double width) and green; charged with a white crescent and five-pointed star centred on the black stripe. [0]
Colors
#E70013
#000000
#239E46
#FFFFFF

History

The flag of Libya was originally introduced in 1951, following the creation of the Kingdom of Libya. It was designed by Omar Faiek Shennib and approved by King Idris Al Senussi who comprised the UN delegation representing the regions of Cyrenaica, Fezzan and Tripolitania at UN unification discussions.

The flag fell out of use in 1969, but was subsequently adopted by the National Transitional Council and anti-Gaddafi forces and effectively reinstated as the country’s national flag in article three of the Libyan Draft Constitutional Charter for the Transitional Stage issued on 3 August 2011. [0]

Meaning

The colors represent the three major regions of the country: red stands for Fezzan, black symbolizes Cyrenaica, and green denotes Tripolitania. The crescent and star represent Islam, the main religion of the country. [1]