Germany says rebel council represents Libyans

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Germany’s foreign minister said the rebel National Transitional Council was the legitimate representative of the Libyan people, speaking during a visit to the east Libyan city of Benghazi.

“We share the same goal — Libya without (Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi. The national council is the legitimate representative of the Libyan people,” Guido Westerwelle told a news conference in Benghazi, speaking alongside rebel foreign minister Ali El-Essawi, Reuters reports.



Libyans listening burst into applause after he made the announcement.