Today will mark a historic turn for Turkey, Abdullah Gul of AKP is projected to become the 11th president of Turkey, despite the fierce opposition of the army and other secularist. The army regards itself as the protector of Kamal Ataturk's secular legacy and they accuse Abdulla Gul of having an Islamist agenda.
The presidency is the only remaining position controlled by secularists, the old berguasi, and surrendering this position to a former Islamist from Anatolia is understandably a difficult thing for them. To make matters worse for the secularists, women wearing headscarves are banned from official buildings including the presidential palace, that's until today when Gul's wife becomes the first lady.
Abdullah Gul is well qualified - if not over-qualified - for the job. His record as a foreign minister is impressive, in his four years in the position he was able to turn around Turkey's relationship with its neighbors Syria, Iran and Iraq as well as building stronger relationship with turkic-speaking Central Asian countries. As a president he will have the authority to appoint judges, university chancellors and sign off on legislation, positions historically controlled by secularists. The army will be reporting to him as well, at least in theory.