Turkey's military council promotes almost 100 colonels

 Turkey's military council promotes almost 100 colonels

Turkey's top military council promoted 99 colonels to the rank of general or admiral and put 47 generals into retirement in its annual shake-up.

President Tayyip Erdogan approved the council's key decisions, leaving armed forces chief Hulusi Akar and the army, navy and air force commanders in their posts, Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.

A statement on the armed forces' website said that, alongside the promotion of 99 colonels, 16 generals and admirals were promoted and the terms of 20 generals and admirals were extended by a year, Reuters reports.

Among the limited changes in the most senior commanders, the deputy armed forces chief General Yasar Guler was appointed the commander of Turkey's gendarmerie force, while the head of the prestigious First Army, General Umit Dundar, replaced him as Akar's second-in-command, the presidential spokesman said.

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