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Turkish FM: Turkey sending Libya deployment bill to parliament

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The Turkish government is sending to parliament on Monday a bill mandating the deployment of troops to Libya, said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, accelerating a high-stakes plan that Ankara outlined last week.

Last week, President Tayyip Erdogan said his government would seek parliamentary consent to deploy troops to Libya after the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Serraj requested support. The GNA is fending off an offensive by the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar in the east of the North African country.

Erdogan had said on Thursday the bill would pass around Jan. 8-9.

But Cavusoglu, after meeting with Turkish opposition leaders to seek support for the legislation, told reporters the bill would be submitted to parliament later on Monday.

“As the Foreign Ministry, we presented the mandate to the Presidency for it to be sent to the parliament. And as of today, we have learned from the President’s office that the mandate will be sent to parliament with the signature of the Honorable President within the day,” Cavusoglu said.

Earlier on Monday, Turkey’s main opposition party said after talks with Cavusoglu that it opposes the bill, arguing that such a move would exacerbate the country’s conflict and cause it to spread across the region.

Cavusoglu later met with the opposition Iyi Party, which he said would evaluate the bill.