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Lawyers Take Charge in Libya's Second-Largest City

The BBC reports that, even as demonstrations continue in Tripoli, the eastern city of Benghazi -- the birthplace of the unrest in Libya -- is now firmly in protesters' control and is being run by a committee made up partly of judges and lawyers.

"Led by a female lawyer who has barely slept all week, the committee has moved with remarkable speed," writes The Washington Post's Leila Fadel. "It has organized street cleaning, traffic control and a program to consolidate the city's weaponry. The group has also created a security force ... "

The New York Times' Kareem Fahim writes that "lawyers, prosecutors, judges and average citizens who oppose the rule of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi are adjusting to unfamiliar roles: they are keepers both of an evolving rebellion, as well as law and order in Libya's second largest city."

The United Nations Security Council is due to meet Friday to consider a draft British-French resolution calling for sanctions and an arms embargo against Libya, according to Agence-France Press. Western diplomats are hoping that the resolution will come up for a vote by next week, according to Reuters.

And in a somewhat bizarre twist, a source tells The Huffington Post that the Libyan government is trying to sway people by sending a text message to every phone in the country, informing recipients that all government workers will be getting a 150 percent pay raise. A little something to defray hospital and funeral costs, maybe?

Written by Law.com managing editor Paula Martersteck.

Posted by Laurel Newby on February 25, 2011 at 05:53 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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