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Erdogan names army chief top general in military shake-up

AFP  |  Ankara 

today promoted Turkey's to in a radical military shake-up after the outgoing top was given the post of

Turkey's new government announced late on Monday the appointment of former as defence minister, a rare transition from military ranks to the political realm.

Erdogan then appointed ground forces as by presidential decree published in the official gazette.

With more than 900,000 active personnel, has the second largest force in NATO after the which has almost 1.5 million.

The announcement comes as NATO meets in 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 presidential system, meaning he can directly appointing top military figures.

Under the new decree, Erdogan will decide on the promotion of top officers including colonels, generals, admirals and generals in the Turkish armed forces.

The official appointment of the officers usually takes place on August 30 every year. The term of duty for the top is four years.

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

accuses US-based Muslim of masterminding the coup bid - a charge he strongly denies.

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 General was appointed land forces

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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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 19:10 IST
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