Turkey plans to significantly reduce powers of General Staff

It is planned to close down the High Military Administrative Court and Military High Court of Appeals in Turkey, the TRT Haber news channel quoted the country’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as saying Aug.2.

He made the remarks during the meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party in the parliament.

The prime minister noted that it is necessary to make amendments to the constitution in order to close down those courts and the discussions with oppositional parties on these amendments have already started.

Yildirim said that it is also planned to remove the military units from the city centers and to transfer the management of military factories, maintenance agencies and shipyards from the General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces to the Ministry of National Defense.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people excluding the coup plotters and over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

Source: Trend News Agency