Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish Land Forces Commander Gen. Yaşar Güler was appointed Chief of General Staff under the first presidential decree published in the official gazette early July 10, hours after Turkey officialy switched to an executive presidential system.
Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar was appointed as Minister of National Defense with the same decree, which was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 9.
The decree also included the names of the newly appointed deputy president and ministers following Erdoğan’s announcement of the new Cabinet.
Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ümit Dündar was named as the new Commander of Turkish Land Forces and Lt. Gen. Metin Gurak was appointed as the new Deputy Chief of General Staff by the new decree.
Erdoğan took his oath in parliament on July 9 after being elected as the country’s president in the June 24 elections, in which he garnered 52 percent of the votes.
After his swearing-in, the system change — stipulated by the constitutional amendment which was approved by last year’s referendum — has gone into full effect.
Following an official inauguration ceremony at the presidential complex in Ankara on July 9, Erdoğan also announced his ministers.