Erdogan removes Navy chief of staff from active duty: He was the architect of Turkey’s Libya deal
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan removed from active duty on Friday the Chief of staff of the Turkish Navy Rear Admiral, Cihat Yaycı, who was the architect of Turkey’s Libya deal last year.
The removal of Yaycı by an order signed by Erdogan was done in “an unusual manner ahead of the Supreme Military Council meeting,” which customarily takes place in early August, an article on Veryansın TV said.
Yaycı, an influential figure in shaping Turkey’s maritime agreement with Libya last November who is also known for the method he developed to identify alleged Gulenists in the military, had fallen out with Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, the article said.
Journalist İbrahim Haskologlu said in a tweet that admirals he spoke to told him the removal would “make Greece and FETO happy,” referring to followers of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric who Turkey accuses of having placed persons loyal to him in key public and military positions and masterminded the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.
Yaycı had faced an investigation in January, and journalist Nedim Sener at the time wrote that the admiral had been targeted to force him to resign or retire.
Read more: ahval
You may be interested
Cavusoglu openly threatens Greece with war in front of German Foreign Ministermakis - Jan 18, 2021
Greece and Turkey might have agreed to sit at the table for exploratory talks at the end of January, but…
Greek Archbishop Ieronymos: Islam is not a religion but a political ideology of conquestPanos - Jan 18, 2021
Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos II expressed the view that Islam and its citizens, was not a religion,…
Nikos Dendias: Only matters Greece will discuss with Turkey is EOZ and sea-shelfPanos - Jan 18, 2021
Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias made it clear that the only issue Greece would discuss with Turkey in the upcoming exploratory…