Numerous Libyan embassies switched allegiances this week, with more declaring support for the rebel government Wednesday.
At the Libyan embassy in Manilla, Libyan diplomats and students smashed portraits of Moammar Kadafi, shouted “Game over!” and raised the rebel flag, the Associated Press reported, as Libyan Consul Faraj Zarroug said that about 85% of his country's 165 diplomatic missions now recognized the rebels' interim government, the National Transitional Council.
“It's game over for Mr. Kadafi!” Zarroug said. “Probably in a few days, everything will be over, hopefully. I'm very happy.”
Libyan missions to Switzerland and Bangladesh switched soon after the rebellion in February, but embassy officials in Japan and Ethiopia only replaced the government flag with the rebels' tricolor on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The Libyan ambassador to the African Union, Ali Awidan, said he raised the new rebel flag Monday, changing sides at the last moment.
“I was not serving Gadhafi, I have been serving Libya,” he told the Associated Press in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.