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Turkey: Presidency sends parliament Libya troops motion

Parliament set on Thursday to debate motion on sending Turkish troops to Libya

Emin Avundukluoglu   | 30.12.2019
Turkey: Presidency sends parliament Libya troops motion

ANKARA

Turkey's presidency on Monday submitted a motion to the Parliament Speaker's Office on sending troops to Libya.

Parliament is set to debate the motion on Thursday.

The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) announced they would back the motion, while the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), opposition Good (IYI) Party, and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) have come out against it.

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the motion would be submitted to parliament in light of a request by Libya’s UN-recognized government for military assistance.

On Nov. 27, Ankara and Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) signed a pact on military cooperation, as well as a pact on maritime boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Since the ouster of late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and another in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition.

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