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Turkish Paid Army Exemptions Below Expected Level, Milliyet Says

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- Applications to pay for exemption from Turkey’s mandatory military service were far below what was expected and may bring in less than a 10th of the income the Finance Ministry estimated, the Milliyet newspaper reported.

Some 22,500 people have applied to pay for the exemption under a law that was ratified in December, out of a pool of 460,000 potential applicants, the Istanbul-based newspaper reported. The measure will bring in at most 1.2 billion liras ($670 million) should applications continue at this pace, compared with the 13 billion liras officials expected, Milliyet said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Istanbul at bharvey11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net

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