Turkey: Two high-ranking generals resign

    Turkey: Two high-ranking generals resign

    July 28, Ankara: Two high-ranking Turkish officers have resigned just hours before the country's Supreme Military Council began a meeting to discuss a review of the armed forces, local media reported.

    The generals handed in their resignations in protest against the government's ongoing dismissals in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt of July 15, according to the sources. 

    CNN Turk identified them as Kamil Basoglu and Ihsan Uya, both high-ranking members of the land forces.

    The council is comprised of the heads of the various divisions of the army, as well as Turkey's prime minister and the defence minister. It is responsible for promotions and removals and also helps set the direction of the armed forces, Al Jazeera reported.

    The Supreme Military Council meeting was scheduled to be held in the begining of August but it was advanced by a week, Al Jazeera's Almutaz Billah Hasan reported from Ankara.

    For the first time, the meeting is taking place in Ankara at the Cankaya palace of the prime minister instead of the military headquarters.

    Fikri Isik, the Turkish defence minister, is attending the meeting, which is being chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The Turkish government has dismissed more than 1,223 officers from the army, including 130 generals, since the failed coup attempt.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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