Turkey's President Gul says no crisis as top generals quit

By REUTERS
July 30, 2011 19:10

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkish President Abdullah Gul denied on Saturday that Turkey faced a crisis after the resignation of the country's four most senior military commanders, but acknowledged this had created an "extraordinary" situation.

The departure of the generals has caused turmoil in the military, giving Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan an opportunity to extend his authority over the once - dominant armed forces , the second biggest in NATO .

Chief of General Staff General Isik Kosaner stepped down on Friday evening along with the army, navy and air force commanders in protest over the detention of 250 officers on charges of conspiring against Erdogan's government.

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