Thousands of state employees fired in Turkey

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

About 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the justice ministry. Twelve NGOs, three newspapers and one television station will also be closed.

Gülen, who Turkey has requested to be extradited from the US, is also accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.

The state of emergency has been renewed seven times.

The dismissals came through a decree under the state of emergency, according to the official gazette, even as 148 employees who had been earlier dismissed from public institutions were reinstated.

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The Turkish government blamed groups linked to exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen for the failed coup attempt. The majority of those fired under the emergency are accused of links to Gulen.

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Turkey has fired more than 125,000 people since the failed coup, while also introducing emergency rule and placing restrictions on the media.

President Erdogan claims that Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen is the inspiration behind the coup and is calling for his extradition from the United States.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan takes office today as Turkey's executive president with vastly expanded powers as more than 18,600 people are purged from government jobs.

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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