Libyan Revolution on Stamps

21 May 2019  Tue

The Revolution of 1st September 1969 was one of the important political events of the country and has been the theme of the first stamps issued post-revolution.

Libya is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa. Libya was under various governments and changing administrations. The long-lasting rule Libya witnessed was the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman rule continued until the Italian occupation of Libya resulted in the temporary Italian Libya colony from 1911 to 1947.

After the 2nd World War Libya was under Allied occupation. On 24 December 1951, Libya declared its independence as the United Kingdom of Libya, a constitutional and hereditary monarchy under King Idris, Libya's only monarch. On 1 September 1969, a group of rebel military officers led by Muammar Gaddafi launched a coup d'├ętat against King Idris, which became known as the Al Fateh Revolution.

The set of six stamps issued on 7th December 1969 commemorates the success of the revolution and the overthrow of the Idris Government. The stamps depict Military personnel along with the armed forces of the country. Stamps were first issued marked L.A.R. then LAR and from the 1970s began to be inscribed Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya with equivalent wording in Arabic.

On 2 March 1977, Libya officially became the "Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya". Gaddafi officially passed power to the General People's Committees and henceforth claimed to be no more than a symbolic figurehead.

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