Turkey to increase retirement age for military chief of staff

Turkey is set to increase the retirement age of the country’s military chief of staff, Karar newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The new legislation will pave the way for Yaşar Güler, the current head of the Turkish Armed Forces to stay at the job for another five years, it said, in a move to appease the country’s top brass.

The 67-year-old was set to retire by September due to his age limit.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitted a  legislation to parliament to amend military penal code and some other military laws on Monday.

The retirement age of the chief of the general staff increased from 67 to 72, according to the proposal that introduces a new regulation in paid military service, Karar said.

If Güler was retired, Hasan Küçükakyüz, the commander of the Turkish Air Force would be the most likely candidate for the new chief of general staff as the most senior general and force commander in Turkish military, it said.

By Küçükakyüz’s appointment as the head of the military, the duty would pass from the land army to aviators for the first time in 101 years, Karar said, a move that would be avoided through the new regulation.

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