Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Over 18,500 Turkish public workers dismissed with new emergency state decree

Over 18,500 Turkish public workers dismissed with new emergency state decree

The dismissed state employees include 9,000 police personnel and more than 6,000 officers from the country's armed services.

In Turkey's Ground Forces, 3,077 officers have been dismissed, while in Navy the number was 1,126 and in Air Force, 1,949 officers and non-commissioned officers have been sacked.

Human rights groups say the purge has also targeted the government's political opponents and critics and has swept up innocent people, as well.

Erdogan on Monday will be sworn in as president after his outright victory in June 24 elections under a new executive presidency, following that there will be a lavish ceremony and then the new cabinet will be announced.

Moreover, 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the Ministry of Justice.

The Turkish government issued the latest emergency decree No: 701 earlier on Sunday amid days of expectations after Prime Minister Binali Yildirim signaled a large wave of dismissals on Friday.

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Over 77,000 people including military personnel have been arrested over alleged Gulen links under the post-coup state of emergency imposed almost two years ago.

Turkey has been under a state of emergency since shortly after the July 2016 coup attempt.

The emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest period is officially due to end on July 19.

The government blames a US-based cleric for orchestrating the coup and has sacked or arrested people suspected of links to him.

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

Tens of thousands of others have been fired or suspended in the enormous purge.

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