Supreme Military Board To Convene Friday To Appoint Turkey's New Military Chief

ANKARA - Turkey's Supreme Military Board, chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will convene on Friday to appoint new head of armed forces to replace retiring General Yasar Buyukanit.

The meeting will also be attended by Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, as well as top Turkish commanders such as Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug, Naval Forces Commander Adm. Metin Atac, Air Forces Commander Gen. Aydogan Babaoglu and Gendarmerie General Commander Gen. Isik Kosaner.

The annual regular board meeting discusses promotion of colonels, generals and admirals to a higher rank, extension of tour of duty of generals and admirals and their retirement procedures as well as dismissal of military personnel due to undisciplined and immoral acts.

The board meeting will conclude on August 4th. Board decisions will be submitted to the approval of President Abdullah Gul.



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