The interim government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday appointed Vecdi Gonul new Turkish defense minister.

The previous minister, Ismet Yilmaz, had to resign from office to run for election as parliament speaker. Yilmaz was elected parliament speaker on Wednesday.

Gonul served as defense minister in three consecutive governments formed by Turkey’s Justice and Development Party beginning in 2002 when the party was first elected to power. […]