An interim opposition government is being formed in the opposition-controlled area of Benghazi, east of Tripoli. It will have three months to prepare Libya for democratic elections, the head of the interim government, former Justice Minister in the Gaddafi administration Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil told Al Jazeera TV. He said that the caretaker government would comprise both military and civilians figures.
In Tripoli, which is still controlled by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists there was no traffic in the streets. Tanks were seen along the streets leading to Tripoli and they were deployed in all the entrances of the capital. Gunmen loyal to Gaddafi patrolled the city using four-wheel cars as most of the residents stayed home. One resident of the capital said that "the authorities sent overnight text messages to mobile phones, urging them to go to the bank to receive 500 dinars (about 406 dollars)."