By George Psyllides
WHEN the government on Thursday announced it was cutting mandatory military service from 24 to 14 months, it sparked jubilation from those affected but also drew heavy criticism from opposition parties who – like the public – were taken by surprise.
Even before hearing the minister’s explanations, the parties, though agreeing in principle, charged that the decision was taken in haste and was nothing but a ploy ahead of the May parliamentary elections.
Likened by one radio talk show listener to an organised commando raid, the government announcement dropped like a bombshell and if reports are to be believed, it even took aback the army’s top brass.
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