Turkey seeks parliament approval to deploy troops to Libya

Turkey’s presidency on Monday submitted a motion to parliament seeking approval to deploy troops to Libya, arguing that the ongoing conflict in the war-torn country could escalate into a civil war threatening Turkey’s interests.

Lawmakers have been summoned to an emergency session in parliament on Thursday to vote for the motion, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is determined to rush the bill through the assembly as Erdoğan pushed ahead for the vote without waiting for parliament's winter recess to end on Jan, 7, as originally planned.

AKP ally  Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has announced they would back the motion, while the main opposition secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), opposition Good (İYİ) Party, and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) have come out against it, Anadolu said.

The motion seeks a one-year mandate to deploy troops in Libya, maintaining that developments in the war-torn country threaten Turkey’s interests there, including Turkish businesses in the country and Turkish vessels sailing in the Mediterranean, it said.

Erdoğan last week announced his government’s decision to seek a parliamentary consent to send troops to Libya to defend the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli against the forces of  General Khalifa Haftar, which receive military support from the UAE, Russia and Egypt.

The announcement followed a move by Ankara and Libya's GNA on Nov. 27 to sign a pact on military cooperation, as well as another pact on maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean.