Erdogan announces closing of all military academies following coup

Erdogan announces closing of all military academies following coup

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that from now on all military commanders will report directly to the country’s defense minister and that all military academies will be closed, Press TV reported.

During an interview with the Turkish broadcaster A Haber on Saturday, Erdogan said that the new measures were aimed at bringing the military under full civilian control. He added that the military academies would be replaced with a national defense university.

"We are going to introduce a small constitutional package (to parliament) which, if approved, will bring the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and chief of staff under the control of the presidency," he said.

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