President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today promoted Turkey's army commander to overall armed forces chief in a radical military shake-up after the outgoing top general was given the post of defence minister.
The announcement comes as NATO meets in Brussels amid tensions over spending.
Erdogan was sworn in yesterday for a second presidential term under a controversial new system that will centralise all institutions, including the army, under the presidency.
Erdogan was granted sweeping powers in the new executive presidential system, meaning he can directly appointing top military figures.
Guler, 64, along with Akar and top commanders, had been abducted to a military base by the putschists on the night of the 2016 coup aimed at unseating Erdogan's government.
Turkey has launched a massive purge aimed at ending Gulen's influence, dismissing thousands of soldiers including half the pre-coup contingent of generals. According to the new decree, deputy chief of staff General Umit Dundar was appointed land forces commander.
Dundar played a key role in thwarting the coup attempt. In a live statement to television channels on the night, he said: "That is a movement not supported by the Turkish armed forces."
Erdogan has since defeating the coup bid increased his influence over the armed forces, who had previously been seen as a parallel power structure that had repeatedly ousted governments.
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