Sunday, July 31, 2016
Turkey: Top 'Islamist' ministers to sit in Supreme Military Council, less military in council.
'Islamist' Turkey: Top ministers to sit in Supreme Military Council, less military in council. (Taz).
Several top Turkish Cabinet ministers will now have seats on the Supreme Military Council (YAS), as a key reform in the wake of the failed July 15 military coup by a group of rogue officers, the state Official Gazette announced on Sunday, Anadolu reported.
Under a statutory decree, seen as part of Turkey's current three-month state of emergency, the deputy prime ministers and the foreign, justice, and interior ministers will now join the prime minister, chief of General Staff, defense minister, and the force commanders on the council.
A number of military officers will no longer sit on the council, including some generals and admirals.
Under other reforms, the gendarmerie is now answerable to the Interior Ministry, so the gendarmerie commander will also no longer sit on the council.
Also under the changes announced, the defense minister replaces the deputy chief of General Staff as the council’s secretary general.
During a state of emergency, the Cabinet has the right to issue statutory decrees under the president of the republic without regard to routine procedures and restrictions in Article 91 of the Constitution. These decrees are first published in the Official Gazette and then submitted to parliament for ratification. Hmmm.....'Advanced Islamist dictatorship' Turkey is a fact.