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Libya is a country in north Africa with a population of 7 million. Arabic is the official language.

In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi, who had been in power since 1969, was overthrown as part of the Arab Spring uprisings. In 2014, fighting broke out between two rival administrations. UN-backed efforts are underway to unify the government.

Libya has one of the largest proven reserves of oil in Africa, and hydrocarbon exports account for over 96 per cent of its exports.

Australia’s diplomatic representation in Libya is from our embassy in Italy. Libya is represented in Australia by its embassy in Canberra.

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Heads of Government

Includes Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers

Embassies and consulates


Embassy of Libya

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