[Marxism] Triumphant Turkey?
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Fri Jul 29 12:29:13 MDT 2011
NY Times July 29, 2011
Turkey’s Military Leadership Said to Resign
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
The top commanders of Turkey’s military resigned suddenly and en
masse on Friday, the semi-official Anatolian News Agency reported,
in a dramatic signal of deepening tensions between the armed
forces and the country’s Islamic-rooted government.
The military chief of staff, Isik Kosaner, sent a letter of
resignation to the prime minister’s office on Friday, the agency
said, without elaborating on his reason. The commanders of the
country’s navy, army and air force followed shortly after with
their own letters, the news agency said.
Earlier on Friday, Mr. Kosaner met with the prime minister, Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, and President Abdullah Gul, according to local
media reports. Mr. Kosaner as well as the army commander, Gen.
Erdal Ceylanoglu; the navy chief, Adm. Esref Ugur Yigit; and the
commander of the air force, Gen. Hasan Aksay, stepped down
following that meeting, according to an account in the daily Hurriyet.
It was not immediately clear why the country’s top military
leaders would resign all at once. The Associated Press reported
that the move came only hours after 22 people, including several
generals and officers, were charged in a campaign on the Internet
to undermine the civilian government.
A rift between Turkey’s long-powerful, secular military, broadly
respected in Turkish society, and the popular ruling party has
grown wider in recent years.
The military has been under intense pressure from an investigation
by Mr. Erdogan’s government, which recently received a renewed
political mandate. At the same time, the civilian authorities are
unlikely to push to hard against the military, which has staged
coups in the past.
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