Sunday, July 31, 2011

Changes In Turkey's Military Leadership Increases Tensions Between Islamists And Secularists

Turkey's Prime Minister Appoints New Armed Forces Chief -- Voice of America

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed the chief of the paramilitary police, Necdet Ozel, as acting head of the armed forces. The move came after Turkey's entire military command resigned Friday amid escalating tensions between the secularist military and Islamic-rooted government.

Necdet Ozel's appointment to head the armed forces came within hours of the mass resignations, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul moved quickly to defuse the crisis.

Speaking at a news conference, President Gul downplayed the resignations.

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More News On Changes In Turkey's Military Leadership

Turkish Leaders Assert Control Following Resignation of Top Military Chiefs -- IBTimes
Turkey curbs power of the military after generals resign -- The National
Erdogan focuses on constitution as Turkey's top brass quit -- Reuters
Erdogan unfazed by military resignations -- The Hindu
Turkey's resignations, a sign of military decline -- AP
Turkey seeks solution to army resignation crisis -- AFP
The Turkish military snaps -- CNN
Turkey's top generals resign in apparent rift with Erdogan government -- Christian Science Monitor

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