General Buyukanit, head of the Turkish army, warned the Muslim led government of the military’s determination to have a secular minded individual in the office of president of Turkey. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Prime Minister Erdogan won a strong majority in parliament last week and he is threatening to have a strong minded Muslim elected as president. A secular minded person has been president of the Muslim nation of Turkey for over 80 years and Erdogan’s threatened action may cause violence in his nation.
In essence, the military is asking the prime minister to avoid a confrontation and nominate someone from his party with good secular credentials to the office of president. Even better, they would prefer if he selected someone outside of his party for the office. If not, who knows what will happen.