Gül to make appointments to critical posts

Abdullah Gül will make critical appointments to top state posts during his seven-year tenure.

Gül to make appointments to critical posts

Abdullah Gül, who was elected the 11th president of the Turkish Republic on Aug. 28, will make critical appointments to top state posts during his seven-year tenure.

The most critical appointments will be made during the first two years of his presidential term. He will appoint three chiefs of general staff during the seven years to come. He will also appoint some members of the Constitutional Court, which had denied him the presidency on April 27 with a controversial ruling.

Gül will first appoint the chief of general staff to replace Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt, whose tenure ends in August 2008. Considering the hierarchy observed in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), Gen. İlker Başbuğ, the land forces commander, is expected to replace Büyükanıt. Başbuğ's tenure as chief of general staff will end in August 2010, and he is expected to be replaced by Gen. Işık Koşaner. Gül will also appoint the chief of general staff in August 2013, one year before his presidential tenure ends. He is expected to appoint Lt. Gen. Necdet Özel as the nation's top commander at that time.

The needs of the Turkish military will be determined at the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) meeting to be held on Dec. 1. Gül will have the final say about how many of these needs will be satisfied.

He will appoint MGK's secretary-general

After the approval of the government list submitted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gül's second important act will be the appointment of the National Security Council's (MGK) secretary-general, a post that has been vacant since December 2006. Earlier, when former President Ahmet Necdet Sezer vetoed Feridun Sinirlioğlu, a deputy undersecretary at the Foreign Ministry proposed for the MGK secretary-general post along with 15 ambassadors, Gül reacted to Sezer, saying, "There is no one left in my ministry [to propose]." This time, Gül will make the appointment himself. Appointment of the MGK's secretary-general is expected to be concluded by the end of September. He will appoint a civilian to this post in line with EU harmonization laws.

A significant part of the appointments to be made by Gül in the next week will be assignments to the Çankaya Presidential Palace. Following the resignation of six senior bureaucrats who worked with Sezer, Gül's first appointment will be to the presidency's secretary-general's office. He will also appoint the director of laws and decrees, the chief press advisor and the head of the state inspection board. Turkish Ambassador to Italy Uğur Ziyal is expected to be appointed as secretary-general of the presidency while Ahmet Sever is expected to be assigned as chief press advisor. Turkish Ambassador to Iran Gürcan Türkoğlu, too, is expected to be assigned to some post in the presidency.

He will appoint top court members

The most interesting appointments by Gül will be the posts at the Constitutional Court, which had blocked his presidency with a controversial ruling. Ali Güzel, a substitute member of the Constitutional Court, will retire in 2008 and this will be Gül's first appointment to the court. Sacit Adalı, a full member of the court, will retire in 2010, and this will be Gül's first appointment to the post of a full member. Gül will also appoint two more full members of the court during his tenure. Deniz Baykal, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), previously argued that the most critical of Gül's appointments will be the ones to the top judicial posts. Gül will appoint a chief public prosecutor and a deputy chief public prosecutor to the Supreme Court of Appeals in 2011. Gül will also make two appointments to top judicial posts at the Council of State in November. In 2011, Gül will elect the members of the Court of Jurisdiction Dispute.

President Gül is also entitled to appoint one-third of the Supreme Military Court of Appeals' members and to elect one-third of the Supreme Military Administrative Court's members who are not judges from among the candidates proposed by the Office of the Chief of General Staff. These appointments will be made in August 2008. Gül will also appoint all full members of the Supreme Board of Prosecutors and Judges (HSYK), which have five full and five substitute members, except for the justice minister and the justice undersecretary, who are always members of the board. Gül's appointments to the HSYK will be more important after the changes the government will introduce to the board's composition.

Appointments to universities

The most critical appointment Gül will make in December will be to the office of the head of the Higher Education Board (YÖK). Everybody wonders who the person to be appointed by Gül to replace Erdoğan Teziç, the current head of YÖK, will be. Teziç has never agreed with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). Former rector of Gazi University Enver Hasanoğlu is expected to be appointed to this post. Another possibility is Professor İzzet Özgenç. Gül will appoint five YÖK members in 2008, nine in 2009, two in 2010, and one in 2011.

Gül's first rectoral appointment will be to replace the current rector of Osman Gazi University in Eskişehir, whose tenure will end on Sept. 5. Gül is expected to appoint the candidate having the highest number of votes in the election held by the university's senate. Gül will appoint the rectors of Hacettepe and Selçuk universities in November and December 2007, respectively, and will make fresh rector appointments to 22 universities in August 2008.

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