New expulsions from military result from YAŞ

two-day meeting of the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ), perhaps best known as the forum in which top generals decide army promotions and dismissals, was concluded yesterday, putting bureaucrats in the capital on tenterhooks as it remained completely uncle

New expulsions from military result from YAŞ
The YAŞ decided on the expulsion of 31 officers who have "drug addictions or immoral social conduct that violates the fundamental structure and discipline of the Turkish Armed Forces [TSK]" and seven others who were observed to have "attitudes and behavior suggestive of religious fundamentalism."
Gül is required to approve YAŞ decisions. The military's dismissals of its members have been controversial and highly disputed by the conservative segments of the society. Gül has in the past, when serving as prime minister, given his approval for the decisions while expressing his reservations regarding the fact that YAŞ decisions are not subject to the appeals process.

Whether Gül would approve YAŞ decisions as is, or approve but state his reservations as was the case in the past, was unknown yesterday, adding rare suspense to this winter's YAŞ meeting.

Recent developments in Iraq and the Middle East as well as domestic threats including terrorism and religious fundamentalism were also taken up in the YAŞ meeting chaired by PM Tayyip Erdoğan. In addition to top generals attending the meeting, including Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt and Land Forces Commander Gen. İlker Başbuğ, Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül was also present.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Aralık 2007, 14:27