Chadian lawmakers on Wednesday voted, to indefinitely extend the mandate of troops participating in a regional effort to combat Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants until the joint mission was completed.

A release from the National Assembly authorities in N’djamena, noted that the assembly authorises the prolongation of Chad’s military engagement in Nigeria and Cameroon.

It said Chad had deployed 2,500 troops to Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger, in a joint operation aimed at tackling the Islamist group.

It said the six-year insurgency of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, had threatened the stability of countries in the Lake Chad region.

The Chadian opposition parties had voted against the bill, demanding more explanations from the government on the financial and human cost of the deployment.

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