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Turkish opposition party rejects bill to deploy troops to Libya

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ANKARA – Leader of Turkey’s İyi opposition party, Meral Akşener, announced on Thursday that her party rejects a parliament bill that allows the Turkish government to deploy troops to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

Akşener said that sending soldiers to Libya could pose a threat to Turkey’s national security, and could lead to the killing of Turkish soldiers.

She noted that her party is convinced that it will not be beneficial for Turkey to become part of the war in Libya, as is the case in Syria.

The bill was put forward by Turkey’s ruling party after GNA has requested Turkish military support to fight the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Turkish legislators approved the motion 325-184 at Thursday’s emergency session; thus granting a one-year mandate for the deployment, despite concerns that Turkish forces could aggravate Libya’s conflict further and destabilize the region.

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