Turkey issues presidential decrees reshaping institutions

President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan (L) in addition to his wife Emine Erdogan (R) greet the crowd through the balcony of the ruling AK Party's headquarters as fireworks illuminate the sky following his election success in presidential in addition to parliamentary elections in Ankara, Turkey on June 25, 2018. 

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President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan (L) in addition to his wife Emine Erdogan (R) greet the crowd through the balcony of the ruling AK Party’s headquarters as fireworks illuminate the sky following his election success in presidential in addition to parliamentary elections in Ankara, Turkey on June 25, 2018. 

Erdogan has said the powerful executive presidency will be vital to make government more efficient, drive economic growth in addition to ensure security. Critics decry what they say will be increasing authoritarianism in addition to a push towards one-man rule.

Among the latest modifications, the General Staff was brought under the authority of the defence minister, according to state-run Anadolu news agency, a move following Erdogan’s appointment of military commander Hulusi Akar as defence minister.

In total, the country’s Official Gazette published seven decrees affecting many state institutions, including the secretariat of the National Security Council, the Defence Industry Directorate in addition to the State Supervisory Council.

The modifications coincide with the second anniversary of an attempted coup during which at least 250 people were killed, many of them unarmed civilians, when rogue soldiers attempted to topple Erdogan’s government.

A state of emergency was imposed after the failed putsch on July 15, 2016 in addition to will be set to expire in which week.

Erdogan’s AK Party in addition to its nationalist ally plan to introduce security regulations to ensure the “fight against terrorism” will continue after emergency rule ends, two sources told Reuters.

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