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Turkey's top general to meet premier amid tensions

Turkey's top general to meet premier amid tensions

Turkey's top general and the prime minister are meeting amid tensions between the staunchly secular military and the Islamic-rooted government.
The meeting on Monday between Gen. Ilker Basbug and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes after the government empowered civilian courts last week to prosecute military personnel amid an alleged military conspiracy to discredit his ruling party.
Erdogan has said the amendment was against "coups and coup plotters." The pro-secular opposition Republican People's Party accuses the government of interfering with the law for its own agenda.
The government's legal maneuver comes after military prosecutors decided not to investigate a navy colonel allegedly involved in the latest conspiracy against the government.


Updated : 2021-05-12 05:29 GMT+08:00