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Turkey’s Parliament votes Thursday afternoon on sending troops to Libya

The General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament is holding Thursday afternoon an emergency session upon a request by the Speaker of the Parliament, Mustafa Şentop, to vote on whether to approve the motion to deploy troops to Libya or not.

At 13.00 Tripoli time, the debate will commence at the Turkish Parliament on the deployment motion, then all members will be voting for or against the motion.

In the meantime, the Turkish deployment motion that paves the way for sending troops to Libya has been set for one year with an extension if requested, according to the text of the motion.

Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday that the mandate of the Turkish troops had been specified by the 92th article of the Turkish constitution – which is related to sending troops to a foreign country.

The text of the motion also explained that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the one deciding on the time to send the troops and where they will be positioned.

It also indicated that developments in Libya threaten the entire region, including Turkey, especially after Khalifa Haftar had vowed to target Turkish interests such as the companies working in Libya or the Turkish nationals living in Libya as well as any Turkey-flagged ships in the Mediterranean.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Head of the Presidential Council signed on November 27 two MoUs in security and military cooperation and in maritime boundaries demarcation to secure the rights of the two countries as per the international law.

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