Erdoğan appoints son-in-law to Turkey's Supreme Military Council
Seven new presidential decrees published on Sunday in Turkey’s official gazette have further consolidated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s control over the military and governmental organizations, revealing more about how the country will be governed following the transition to an executive presidency.
The most eye-catching of the changes outlined in the decrees is the appointment of Erdoğan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, recently placed at the head of Turkey’s economy, to Turkey’s Supreme Military Council (YAŞ). He will be joined on the council by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, and Treasury and National Education Minister Ziya Selçuk. These additions to the council, along with other moves announced in the decrees, which include placing the Turkish military's General Staff under the Defence Ministry's control, place the military more firmly under presidential and civilian control than previously.
Other details in the new decrees include the following:
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), which is responsible for many of the development projects Turkey provides abroad, is to be tied to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as will the General Directorate of Foundations, an organization that manages and audits religious foundations in Turkey.
A Directorate of Disaster and Emergency Management is to be established, under the control of the Interior Ministry.
Various other governmental organizations, such as the European Union Ministry and the Defense Industry Undersecretary will be abolished, with equivalent organizations being created under presidential control.