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CAIRO — A Libyan website affiliated with one of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi's sons said Friday that the national congress, under pressure from widespread unrest, has halted its session indefinitely and will take steps to reform the government when it reconvenes.
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The website Quryna, which has ties to Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, said many state executives will be replaced when the congress returns.
Four days of pro-democracy protests in Libya have pushed for an end to Moammar Gadhafi's rule and have left dozens of demonstrators dead after clashes with security forces nationwide. There was another violent demonstration Friday in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya's second-largest.
Gamal Bandour, a judge in Benghazi, said marchers clashed with security after a funeral where the bodies of 15 protesters shot to death on Thursday were buried. On their way back from the service, protesters set fire to government buildings and police stations.
Quryna said security personnel fired on the Benghazi protesters, killing 13 of them.
"The security forces were forced to use live bullets to stop the
protesters, when their protests turned violent and aggressive as they
set fire to police stations in the city, attacked administrative
buildings and set fire to police vehicles including six in front of
Jalaa Hospital," it said.
The site also said 1,000 inmates at a
prison in Benghazi attacked guards and escaped, though three of them
were shot dead by guards.
The wave of pro-democracy protests that
has swept across the Middle East has brought unprecedented pressure on
leaders like Gadhafi, who have held virtually unchecked power for
Libya is oil-rich, but the gap between its haves and
have-nots is wide. The Central Intelligence Agency estimates about
one-third of Libyans live in poverty, and some demonstrators say that
places outside the capital city of Tripoli have been badly neglected by