Turkish Parliament allows military to be sent to Libya

The Turkish Parliament passed a bill that allows the military to be sent to Libya.

The document was submitted to parliament on Monday. 325 deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party and the nationalist National Movement Party voted in favor. 184 deputies opposed the opposition Republican People’s and Good Parties, the Party of Happiness (Saadet) and the pro-Kurdish Party of Democracy of Peoples.

Earlier media reported that the Government of Libya’s National Accord (PNS) requested military assistance from Turkey in connection with the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, in the country’s capital. It was about “air, land and sea” military support to repel the offensive. Turkey promised to help the PNS.

Situation in Libya

After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, dual power reigns in Libya: a parliament elected by the people sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the government of national consent, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, is led by Fayez Sarraj.

The authorities of the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan National Army under the leadership of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who has not stopped trying to capture Tripoli since April this year.
Haftar on December 12 announced the start of a decisive battle in Tripoli. Earlier, the LNA failed to achieve any major successes: each side continues to maintain its position by exchanging shelling and airstrikes.

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