Several generals have been suspended by Turkey’s government in the latest episode of a power struggle between the ruling party and the military.
Reports say a decision by politicians to remove officers of such high rank from duty is a first in the Turkish Republic.
Accused over the so-called ‘Sledgehammer’ case, involving an alleged plot in 2003 to overthrow the government, they were suspended by Turkey’s Interior and Defence Ministers.
With his AK Party rooted in political Islam, critics accuse Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of trying to turn secular Turkey into an Islamic state. He denies this. He has however undertaken reforms to curb the influence of Turkey’s military to reduce the risk of coups that have blighted the republic’s history.