Libya state TV pledges handouts in bid to quell revolt

AFP , Friday 25 Feb 2011

Libyan regime will give $400 to each family in an attempt to co-opt the revolt

State television said on Friday that Libyan families would be eligible to receive 400 dollars each as the regime sought to thwart protests that have left big swathes of the country outside its control.

The television also said that some public sector workers could get pay rises of as much as 150 percent as Moamer Kadhafi's increasingly depleted government sought to deploy its large oil earnings to rescue public support.

Unprecedented protests against Kadhafi's four decade rule, now in their 11th day, have much of the east of the country in the hands of the opponents with his remaining loyalists fighting a rearguard action in western towns near the capital Tripoli.

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