Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees in new decree

Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees in new decree

Over 110,000 public sector employees have been removed previously from their jobs via emergency decrees since July 2016, while tens of thousands more have been suspended.

The latest period is officially due to end on July 19.

Prosecutors in Istanbul issued arrest warrants for 271 soldiers, 122 of whom are still on active duty, as part of a probe into followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in the Turkish armed forces, news agency Anadolu reported.

The government refers to the movement as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organization". Gulen has denied any involvement in the coup.

According to Reuters, the decree follows President Tayyip Erdogan's victory in last month's presidential election and comes before he swears his oath on Monday, inaugurating a powerful executive presidency.

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This year, the government said more than 77,000 people had been arrested over alleged links to Mr Gulen.

The decree has also dismissed a certain number of employees of the Turkish Justice Ministry (1,051), the Education Ministry (658), the Directorate of Religious Affairs (240), the Foreign Ministry (38) and state universities (199).

Critics of Erdogan, who had said he would quickly end the state of emergency if he was re-elected, accuse him of using the failed coup as a pretext to quash dissent.

Tens of thousands of others have been fired or suspended in the huge purge. Three newspapers, one TV channel and 12 associations have also been shut down, amid claims that they posed a security risk to the state, reports Bloomberg.

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