Deputy PM says new seating order at YAS how it should be

The seating during the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) meetings has been a topic of contention in Turkey, during which for the first time in its history, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sat alone at the head of the table.  This radical change is interpreted as a strong sign of normalization in civilian-military relations in Turkey and as a sign of civilian authority’s superiority over the military.  Both Deputy Prime Ministers Bülent Arınç and Bekir Bozdağ said that this order is how it should be, showing that civil democracy in Turkey is in play.

The Council’s meetings will conclude on Thursday.  Its decisions are expected to be made public after being presented to President Abdullah Gül for approval.  The sessions have proceeded without the crisis atmosphere that many had feared following the military’s mass resignations on Friday.  The Turkish media, across the board, have referenced the published photographs of Prime Minister Erdogan sitting alone at the head of the Council table as decisive evidence of the shift in political power from the military to civilian authority.

Source: Today’s Zaman
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