The winds of change, which started in the Çankaya presidential palace after Abdullah Gül was elected the new president, are still continuing to blow.
Following the requests for retirement submitted by the six top bureaucrats in 10th President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's team, Metin Yalman who has been running the Presidential Press Office since Turgut Özal's presidency, has resigned from office as well.
As Sezer's term in office has ended, six top bureaucrats decided to leave Çankaya palace with Sezer last week. Presidential General Secretary Kemal Nehrozoğlu was among the first to resign. Another bureaucrat that Sezer, who issued a record number of vetoes, will take with him is Reşat Şamiloğlu, the Laws and Decisions Directorate director. Presidency Assistant Secretary General Bülent Serim, assigned to Higher Education Board (YÖK) membership by Sezer before leaving, also departed last week.
Presidential State Audit Institution (DDK) President Alpaslan Nazlıoğlu, who has frequently launched inquiries into the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), and other members of the DDK Hıfzı Deveci and Abdülkadir Sev have also decided to leave Çankaya palace with Sezer.
Three members of the DDK -- Galip Çelik, Recep Sanal and Süreyya Turgut -- will remain in their posts unless Gül wishes otherwise. Whether or not, chief presidential defense consultant Nezihi Çakar and energy consultant Volkan Ediger -- both assigned to the post before Sezer -- will remain in their positions will also be decided by Gül.
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