Ankara – Turkish Daily News
As the country holds its breath awaiting the verdict of the closure case against the ruling party, the military is about to reshape its future command structure with the upcoming appointments of 115 high ranking officers this week.
The annual meeting of the Supreme Military Council, or YAŞ, will convene Aug. 1 to 4 under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt.
Büyükanıt, due to retire August 30 because of age limitations, is expected to be replaced by Land Forces Commander Gen. İlker Başbuğ, who will occupy the post for the next two years. In addition, it is expected that current Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Işık Koşaner will be appointed to replace Başbuğ as land forces commander, setting him on course to become the top commander in 2010. The post of gendarmerie commander is expected to be filled by the current commander of the 2nd Army Corps, Gen. Hasan Iğsız.
Gen. Aydoğan Babaoğlu and Vice Admiral Metin Ataç will continue in their posts as their tenure does not expire until next year.
Current Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin Saygun will be appointed commander of the 1st Army Corps in Istanbul, as the current commander Gen. İsmail Koçman will also retire Aug. 30.
With the retirement of Büyükanıt and Koçman, two cadres for the position of full general will be empty and there are seven lieutenant generals being considered for the two positions.