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Turkey PM appoints new military leader

08-01-2011 19:08 BJT

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Turkey's Prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, is expected to appoint a new chief of staff later on Monday. It comes after senior military leaders resigned en-masse last week, following recent high profile arrests.

General Necdet Ozel is expected to take up the vacant position, following a key military council meeting chaired by Erdogan. Ozel is presently serving as acting chief of staff. The heads of the navy, air force and military police have yet to be appointed, following the resignations on Friday.

Erdogan's government has been trying to curb the influence and strength of the country's military since coming to power in 2002. Many of those arrested during the past year have been accused of trying to organize a coup against him.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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