Turkey is still attempting to determine how the nation will respond to the recent Constitutional Court decision which made clear to the government it must be careful about respecting the rights of secularists. To reinforce that concept, the Turkish military made clear its support by selecting General Iiker Basbug as new commander of the armed forces. He is a known strong supporter of secularist values and ensures the military will support the ideas expressed in the Constitutional Court decision. Basbug also is known as a supporter of using economic development approaches in Kurdish areas of Turkey as a means of winning over the population from supporting the radical PKK.
The Turkish military faces many challenges and apparently it has decided to support secular forces and principles in its country.