ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
The future command structure of the Turkish Armed Forces, or TSK, will be shaped by the appointment of high-ranking generals, to be announced today after the conclusion of four days of work at the Supreme Military Council, or YAŞ, meetings.
YAŞ will wrap up its annual meeting and announce the new chief of General Staff, as Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt will retire Aug. 30 due to age limitations. He is expected to be replaced by the current Land Forces Commander Gen. İlker Başbuğ.
Along with the appointment of around 115 high-ranking officers, YAŞ will also review the dismissal of some military personnel due to violations of the military's internal order.
The office of the chief of General Staff said the decisions would be announced today at 11:00 a.m. The appointments will enter into force after the approval of President Abdullah Gül.
In the past three years, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül have cited their objections to the dismissals of officers for fundamentalist activities but signed the document.
The relations between Büyükanıt, seen as a hawk, and the government were lukewarm since 2006, when Büyükanıt took the office. His likely replacement, Başbuğ, is expected to hold a similar secularist stance.