Turkey’s government and military have reached a deal on appointing the two top military positions an agreement that highlights growing civilian authority over a military that once shaped…
FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2008 file photo,Turkey’s Chief of Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, left, and Turkish army’s Land Forces Commander Gen. Isik Kosaner seen during a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey’s Islamic-oriented government has refused to approve key military appointments in a move that left two of the country’s most senior military positions vacant. A list of appointments released by the military at the end of the Wednesday’s meeting showed no one was named for the posts of chief of staff and land forces commander after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blocked the appointment of Gen. Hasan Igsiz to replace Kosaner, the officer in line to become the land forces commander, Turkish media reported Thursday, without citing any sources.? Read more »(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)
It was long overdue. At last, this government, in the eighth year of its rule, stood firm against the futile attempt of generals and admirals to promote military officers who were allegedly involved in grave crimes such as attempting to overthrow a democratically elected administration in a NATO-member country by targeting minorities.
I hope you are not ignoring the attitude adopted by the opposition parties with regard to the latest crisis at the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) meeting when the government opposed the promotions of generals who are suspects in a coup probe.
by the European Policy Centre in Brussels. When I said that the main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) is a ?nationalist party that has nothing to do with social democracy,? a young woman sitting in the back row started to protest, shouting loudly with rage.
It is still not possible to say that the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) crisis, which erupted last week when the government refused to give a green light to the promotion of generals who are suspects in an ongoing coup probe, is over.