A prince who claims to be heir to the throne of Libya has set foot on his country’s soil for the first time since the monarchy was overthrown in 1969.
Prince Idris al-Senussi left a “humiliating” existence in Italy and flew home using a passport of royal vintage, issued during the reign of his late relative, King Idris. He landed in a country where the green, red and black national flag dating from the era when Libya was a monarchy is flying once again. The rebellion against Col Muammar Gaddafi took place under these colours and the country’s new rulers have formally abolished the all-green banner introduced by the fallen dictator. They have also chosen to restore the old national anthem of royal Libya. Read more