Fifty-nine countries recognize Libyan rebel council

The National Transitional Council declared itself the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

Libyan rebels hunt Gaddafi 311 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Libyan rebels hunt Gaddafi 311
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Russia recognised Libya's ruling interim council as the country's legitimate authority on Thursday,
shortly before a conference in Paris on Libya's postwar reconstruction.    
   
Fifty-nine countries, listed below, have now recognized Libya's National Transitional Council:   
   
Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Benin, Britain, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada,   Cape Verde, Chad, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States.     
   
The African Union called on Aug. 26 for the formation of an inclusive transitional government in Libya, saying it could not recognize the rebels as sole legitimate representatives of the nation while fighting continued.   
The stand was at odds with that of AU members who have announced their recognition of the NTC.   
Algeria will recognize Libya's new leaders when they establish a representative government, Algeria's foreign minister said in an interview on Thursday.   
China has not formally recognized the NTC but has said it had "always attached significance to (its) important role".    
The Palestinian Authority has recognized the NTC.