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Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees over alleged 'terror' links

Turkey has been under a state of emergency since the July 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey has been under a state of emergency since the July 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan More
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 04:14

The Turkish government has adopted a decree in line with the state of the emergency regime, declared following the 2016 coup attempt, the official Resmi Gazete reported.

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

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.

With the declaration of new cabinet, the state of emergency that expires on July 19 should automatically be lifted, according to outgoing Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

The Turkish government blames the July coup, 2016, living in the United States of the theologian Fethullah gülen, and the charges of belonging to a "terrorist group Fethullah" is used during the purges constantly.

The government refers to the movement as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organization".

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Critics say Mr Erdogan is using the extra powers permitted under emergency rule to target opponents, while human rights defenders have said the purges are arbitrary.

Sunday's decree follows President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in June's presidential election and comes before he swears his oath of office on Monday, inaugurating a powerful executive presidency. The majority of those fired under the emergency are accused of links to Gulen.

After two years, many were expecting an announcement lifting Turkey's state of emergency, rather than Sunday's further tightening of the screws.

Turkey's Western allies have criticized the sweeping nature of the dismissals, including of many individuals not involved in the coup attempt, but Ankara says the measures are necessary to combat threats to national security.

About 1052 199 civil servants and scientists were also fired and at least three Newspapers, the channel 12 and associations were closed.