Qaddafi offers $400 per family as rebels advance
An act of desperation to be sure:
As antigovernment forces and demonstrators draw nearer to Libya’s capital, Tripoli, Col. Muammar Qaddafi appears to be further losing his grip on power.
In an attempt to appease the masses – possibly inspired by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who promised his subject $36 billion in benefits to stave off any potential revolutionaries – Libya’s besieged leader on Friday pledged a 150 percent increase in some government workers’ wages and promised to give every family $400.
Libyan state television announced the wage increase and said each family would receive $400 to help them cope with the rising food prices. The broadcast aired shortly before Libyans went to mosques for Friday prayers. After prayers, antigovernment protesters are expected to continue demonstrating, reports MSNBC.
The dictator no longer has control of the eastern half of Libya, and from what I’ve seen, that’s the oil-rich half of the country. No doubt
Ghaddafi Qaddafi’s power is was derived from the oil proceeds there. Offering cash to back off the capital is the last gasp of a deranged tyrant.