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Turkey sacks 18500 staff before expected end of coup emergency

Turkey sacks 18500 staff before expected end of coup emergency

The decree ordered the dismissal of 18,632 people, including 9,000 police officers, 6,000 members of the military, as well as hundreds of educators.

Another 1,052 civil servants from the justice ministry and related institutions have also been dismissed, as well as 649 from the gendarmerie and 192 from the coastguard.

The government has arrested or sacked more than 100,000 people, saying the purges and detentions are aimed at removing supporters of Fethullah Gulen, a religious leader Ankara blames for the coup attempt, from state institutions and other parts of society.

The raids were among the biggest targeting alleged followers of preacher Fethullah Gulen in recent months.

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The decree was released on the eve of a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey's capital city, during which Erdogan is due to be sworn in for a new five-year mandate following his victory in the June 24 presidential election.

Turkey has fired more than 125,000 people since the failed coup, while also introducing emergency rule and placing restrictions on the media. The majority of those fired under the emergency are accused of links to Gulen.

However, his new powers enable him to "issue decrees with the force of law" and he "can still declare a similar state of emergency giving authorities powers to restrict basic rights and freedoms when deemed necessary", says Bloomberg.

Thousands have also been dismissed, suspended or arrested over suspected ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a bloody insurgency against Turkey since 1984.


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