Erdoğan appoints son-in-law as Supreme Military Council member

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) and Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak Berat Albayrak (Kayhan Ozer / Anadolu Agency)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday appointed his son-in-law and Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak as a member of Turkey’s Supreme Military Council with a new presidential decree, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Erdoğan on July 9 appointed former Energy Minister Albrayrak as the treasury and finance minister in a move that caused disappointment among international and domestic investors.

According to the report the Supreme Military Council was restructured under the new decree.

The council will meet at least once a year as convened by Turkey’s vice president, who is appointed by the president. The president will convene the council when necessary, said the decree.

Members of the council will include Turkey’s vice president or presidents, its treasury and finance minister and its education minister.

Turkey’s National Security Council will meet once every two months as summoned by the president, under the decree, and if the president is unable to attend, he or she will be represented by the vice president.

Under the decree, the Turkish General Staff will fall under the National Defense Ministry.

After taking the oath as the first president under a new system of governance that was approved in a referendum in 2017, President Erdoğan on July 9 appointed Hulusi Akar, the chief of general staff, as defense minister.

Erdoğan was given the authority to make changes in the top brass of the military with a presidential decree on July 10.

Sunday’s decree also put three bodies — the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA, Turkey’s development aid agency), the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) and the Foundations Directorate General –under the jurisdiction of the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Agency now falls under under the Interior Ministry, according to the decree.

President Erdoğan also appointed new rectors to six universities with the decree.

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