Erdogan Gives Himself Power to Issue Direct Orders to Turkish Military Commanders

New presidential decree introduces sweeping reforms to Turkey's military following the failed coup.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, shakes hands with officers of the special police forces at their headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on Friday July 29, 2016.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, shakes hands with officers of the special police forces at their headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on Friday July 29, 2016. Credit: Kayhan Ozer, AP

A new presidential decree has introduced sweeping reforms to Turkey's military in the wake of the failed coup in the country.

Sunday's decree gives the president and prime minister the authority to issue direct orders to the commanders of the army, air force and navy. It also shuts down military schools, establishes a new national defense university, puts the force commanders directly under the defense ministry and announces the discharge of 1,389 military personnel.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a sweeping crackdown on those he accuses of being involved in the July 15 attempted coup.

In an interview with private A Haber television Saturday, Erdogan said he also wants to put the country's intelligence agency and the chief of general staff's headquarters under the presidency.

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