Turkey Fires More Than 18,000 State Employees In New Decree

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 11, 2018

8998 police officers are being dismissed, including 3077 lay-offs in the Army, 1126 in the Navy, 1949 in the Air Force and 192 in the Coast Guard.

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.

About 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the justice ministry.

Turkey declared a state of emergency after the July 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has extended it seven times since then, with the latest period due to end on July 19.

Police officers drive some of the tanks that were used by soldiers participating in the attempted coup back to the Selimiye Army Base in Istanbul, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Under the newly introduced system, president, who leads the state's executive branch, will be able to appoint vice presidents, ministers, high-level officials and senior judges, as well as dissolve parliament, issue executive decrees and impose a state of emergency.

Turkey says the measures are aimed at removing supporters of Fethullah Gulen, who it says was behind the coup attempt, from state institutions and other parts of society and to combat threats to national security.

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The decree also said 148 employees who were dismissed in the past had been reinstated.

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.

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

The detentions show no sign of slowing down after hundreds of people including soldiers were taken into custody last week over Gulen links.

Besides, the decree ordered shut down of 12 public organizations, three newspapers, and a TV channel.

Turkish authorities have launched a vast crackdown in the wake of the failed coup, arresting tens of thousands of people including journalists under a two year state of emergency.

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