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Turkish military promotes 99 colonels in shake-up, top brass little changed

Turkish military promotes 99 colonels in shake-up, top brass little changed

Turkey, Erdogan, Turkey upset, Turkey military, Turkey Erdogan, Erdogan military People assemble at an expert government rally in focal Istanbul’s Taksim square, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Strengths faithful to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan subdued an overthrow endeavor in a night of blasts, air fights and gunfire that left a few many individuals dead and scores of others injured Saturday. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey’s top military committee elevated 99 colonels to the rank of general or chief of naval operations and put 48 commanders into retirement in its yearly shake-up, the military said on Friday, in spite of the fact that the VIPs was minimal changed after the current month’s fizzled overthrow endeavor.

President Tayyip Erdogan endorsed the gathering’s key choices, leaving military boss Hulusi Akar and the armed force, naval force and flying corps commandants in their posts, Erdogan’s representative Ibrahim Kalin independently told journalists late on Thursday.

The yearly meeting of the Supreme Military Council – led by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and including the big shots – took after the shocking release of about 1,700 military staff over their affirmed parts in the fruitless putsch on July 15-16.

Erdogan, who barely got away catch and conceivable demise on the night of the overthrow, told Reuters in a meeting a week ago that the military, NATO’S second greatest, required “new blood”.

The disreputable releases included around 40 percent of Turkey’s chief naval officers and commanders.

An announcement on the military’s site said that, close by the advancement of 99 colonels, 16 officers and chiefs of naval operations were advanced and the terms of 20 commanders and naval commanders were stretched out by a year. The announcement made no reference to the upset.

Among the restricted changes in the most senior authorities, the representative military boss General Yasar Guler was selected administrator of Turkey’s gendarmerie power, while the leader of the prestigious First Army, General Umit Dundar, supplanted him as Akar’s second-in-charge, the presidential representative said.