By signing an official declaration, President Sezer in effect had Buyukanit appointed to the highest office in the Turkish military 3 days in advance of the previously expected date of August 3. The reaction from Cankaya Presidential Palace put an end to a cell-phone text message campaign targeting General Buyukanit on a number of fronts. Text messages sent out to a number of high-ranking people in Ankara and other cities in Turkey targeted Buyukanit on a variety of fronts; one of the many claims made about the top general was that he was "Jewish," a claim which is not true.
The cell-phone messages were signed by a group calling itself the "Young Officers," with the main point of the message being that Buyukanit's appointment to the head of the Turkish armed forces would not be in the "interest of Turkey." Top authorities at Turkcell noted that the SMS message had most likely be sent out through an internet cafe somewhere in Turkey, and that as such, they were unable to trace the original sender.
According to sources speaking to the Hurriyet, the final decision to go through with an early appointment for General Buyukanit was made last week at a graduation ceremony for Turkish navy students. Sources say that part of the reason for the decision was the adminstration's belief that speculation over the upcoming change in heads of military was causing not only political, but economic problems.