Supreme Military Council to meet on Monday

The Supreme Military Council (YAS), headed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, is to convene on Monday to tackle various issues in the military, including the promotions of high-ranking staff officers and generals.

The decisions to be made by the council, which will hold a final meeting on Wednesday, will be announced to the public after being presented to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The council has 13 members and consists of senior generals, including the chief of general staff and four service commanders, as well as two civilian members: the prime minister and the minister of defense.

The YAS meeting, which will be held at the general staff headquarters in Ankara, will be attended by Davutoglu, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel, Land Forces Cdr. Hulusi Akar, Naval Forces Cdr. Bulent Bostanoglu, Air Forces Cdr. Akın Ozturk, Gendarmerie General Command Cdr. Abdullah Atay, Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. YaSar Guler and other members of the council. With this meeting, the services of Ozel, Bostanoglu, Ozturk and Atay will end.

According to military practice, Akar will replace Ozel, who has already started making farewell visits. He announced that he will leave his office by Aug. 14, rather than in the last week of the month. Akar will serve until Aug. 2019.