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LIBYA: State TV announces salary increases, money to families as protesters push to oust Kadafi

February 25, 2011 |  6:21 am

470_moammar_gadahfi2_110222_225128 In an apparent bid to mitigate swelling anti-government protests that have resulted in the Libyan regime losing control over large swaths of land to demonstrators in recent days, Libyan state TV announced on Friday that the government will give Libyan families $400 each.

The broadcast, aired as demonstrators were reported to be gearing up for massive protests to try to oust embattled Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi from power, also said that the government pledged to increase salaries for state employees by as much as 150%.

Media reports say it's the first time the Kadafi regime has offered incentives to Libyans in an attempt to keep their loyalty, and suggested that the government is making use of its large oil earnings to try to retain public support.

-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

Photo: Moammar Kadafi during a TV speech earlier this week. Credit: Libyan State TV