Although there was no previous provision to this effect, the law now reads “General Commander of the Gendarmerie is appointed from among those at the rank of general” (Executive Decree 668 Article 8). Furthermore an additional clause was introduced, saying “In the Gendarmerie Services Class, one four-star general position and four Deputy General Commanders of the Gendarmerie positions have been added” (Executive Decree 668 Article 21). Executive Decree 668 Article 21 also defined other positions for the Gendarmerie and Coast Guard Academy and Gendarmerie General Command, which were later removed with Executive Decree 676 Article 41-42.
The new provision stipulates that the appointments of the General Commander of the Gendarmerie, Deputy General Commanders of the Gendarmerie and provincial gendarmerie commanders will be made through joint decree. The Chief of General Staff will no longer have the power to make suggestions to these positions. The other commissioned officers, noncommissioned officers and specialists will be appointed by the Ministry of Interior. The appointment of officers between the ranks of sub-lieutenant and colonel were made by the General Commander of the Gendarmerie, and this is no longer the case. (Executive Decree 668 Article 14).