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Turkish Chief of Staff and three Force Commanders wanted their retirements. This signals a form of quitting and this is first for Republic of Turkish history. For a time there is some problem between Military and Government but no one was waiting this development.
On July 29, Chief of Staff Işık Koşaner; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President of Turkey Abdullah Gül had a meeting together. That meeting took about one hour and about six hours later Chief of Staff Işık Koşaner; The Commander of Land Forces, Erdal Ceylanoğlu, The Commander of Air Forces, Hasan Aksay; The Commander of Naval Forces Eşref Uğur Yiğit wanted their retirements.
Işık Koşaner worked one year in this position and he will stay there for two more years. He is known for his sensitivity of secularism and he is also uncomfortable about jailed generals and government’s opinions about their promotions.
After that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan talked with Deputy Prime Minister, Beşir Atalay and then General Commander of Gendarmerie, Necdet özel who is only one general now in the military came to Prime Minister’s Center Building and talked with Prime Minister about one hour. Lastly, Necdet Özel and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went to President of Turkey Abdullah Gül. In an hour they declared that Necdet Özel is new The New Commander of Land Forces and represent Chief of Staff.
Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) started on August 1 and will finish on August 4. After all these developments Supreme Military Council can be difficult from others.