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Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree

11 July 2018

It said 8,998 police officers were ousted from the Security General Directorate, while 649 others were dismissed from the Gendarmerie General Command.

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 defenders including Amnesty International have criticized the purges as arbitrary.

Incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be sworn in on Monday and announce his new cabinet.

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

Mr Erdogan has overseen a series of purges since the July 2016 attempted coup, which saw parts of the Turkish military launch an operation to topple the government and oust its leader.

Over 110,000 public sector employees have been removed from their jobs via emergency decrees since July 2016, while tens of thousands more have been suspended in a crackdown criticised by Ankara's Western allies.

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The state of emergency has been renewed seven times.

Turkey accuses USA -based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen and what the authorities call the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) of orchestrating the attempted coup.

More than 75,000 people have been arrested for alleged links to Gulen.

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

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

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the European Union and the United States.

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

Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree