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Turkey reshuffles military after half of generals fired

AFP
Published : Jul 29, 2016, 4:57 am IST
Updated : Jul 29, 2016, 4:57 am IST

Turkey’s top military commanders met Thursday to replace almost half of their generals in a radical shake-up after the failed coup, as authorities shut down dozens of media outlets in a widening crac

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
 Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Turkey’s top military commanders met Thursday to replace almost half of their generals in a radical shake-up after the failed coup, as authorities shut down dozens of media outlets in a widening crackdown.

The hastily convened meeting came after the government ordered the discharge of 149 generals — nearly half the armed forces’ entire contingent of 358 — for complicity in the putsch bid.

In a separate move, a total of 131 newspapers, TV channels and other media outlets were being shut down. The July 15 rebellion, which saw plotters bomb Ankara from war planes and wreak havoc with tanks on the streets of Istanbul in a bid to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has sparked a backlash affecting all aspects of Turkish life.

So far almost 16,000 people have been detained in a crackdown — the magnitude of which had caused international alarm.

The meeting of the Supreme Military Council began in Ankara at around 8.30 GMT, bringing together PM Binali Yildirim and the Army, Navy and Air Force commanders, along with other top figures untarnished by the coup.

In a possible move to pre-empt its decisions, two of Turkey’s top ranking generals —- land forces Chief of Staff General Ihsan Uyar and Training and Doctrine Command head Gen. Kamil Basoglu — resigned just before the meeting, the Dogan news agency said.

Eighty-seven land Army Generals, 30 Air Force Generals and 32 Admirals have been dishonourably discharged.

Location: Turkey, Ankara