August 4, 2011
No More Coups in Turkey
Center for American Progress, Center for American Progress
The era of military interference in politics is ending for good in Turkey. Almost the entire top military brass stepped down last week in protest over what Chief of the General Staff Isik Kosaner called government and government-aligned media efforts "to turn the great nation against their armed forces." Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan readily accepted the resignations and this week will name the replacements.
But these developments are not black and white. The dated outlook of Gen. Kosaner is telling in itself, but he also formulated an important critique of the procedural flaws in the arraignments without trial of almost 10 percent of Turkey's generals and about 250 junior officers, pointing out that the lumbering and opaque legal process in Turkey is making it "impossible...
TAGGED: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Necmettin Erbakan, Kosaner, Turkey