Turkey’s parliament ratifies paid military service law
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
It was backed by lawmakers of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
The law enables young Turkish men to complete their military service in 21 days instead of five-and-a-half or 12 months if they are university graduates and pay an amount of money to the government through bank accounts.
According to the law, citizens born on or before Jan. 1, 1994 will be required to complete just 21 days of military service if they pay 15,000 Turkish Liras ($3,141).
The law will be forwarded to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for approval and will later be published in the Official Gazette.
Parliament will be on summer recess until Oct. 1.