Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Turkey's top military board convenes for key meeting in Ankara

Turkey's top military board convenes for key meeting in Ankara

Turkey's top military group has made a decision to replace the leaders of the army, air force, and navy.

According to NTV reports, Yasar Guler, the commander of the gendarmerie forces, will replace Salih Zeki Colak, the commander of the Turkish Land Forces.

Colak will be replaced by General Yasar Guler, now head of the gendarmerie and former deputy chief of staff, the channel said.

The heads of the three branches will be replaced by other top members of the military, broadcaster NTV reported, following a meeting on Wednesday of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Naval commander Bulent Bostanoglu was replaced by Adnan Ozbal, a vice-admiral.

Wednesday's meeting was the third time Turkey's top military council gathered since the failed coup attempt a year ago. He denies the charges.

Since Erdogan came to power, the influence of the once-powerful military - which has overthrown four civilian governments since 1960 - appears to have been waning.

Following the coup attempt, the YAS council was stacked with government ministers and Erdogan vowed to inject "new blood" into the military, NATO's second largest.

Military Chief of Staff, General Hulusi Akar retained his position.

It should be noted that the command structure of the Turkish Armed Forces has been changed at a meeting of the Supreme Military Council, held August 2.

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