Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree | Ap Wire

Turkey sacks thousands of public servants for alleged links to terror groups

Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree | Ap Wire

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.

The decree follows President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's victory in June 24 presidential election and comes before he swears his oath on Monday, inaugurating an executive presidency.

Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have lambasted the purges as arbitrary but Turkey says they are necessary to remove the Gulen movement's infiltration of state bodies.

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

No organizations were named in the emergency decree, but government authorities have targeted supporters of Fetullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric residing in the United States who is accused of fomenting the coup, as well as sympathizers of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

In Turkey issued a decree about the dismissal of more than 18 thousand public servants due to the cancellation of state of emergency.

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Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 271 soldiers over their suspected links to USA -based cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Among the powers he will have under constitutional changes approved in a referendum past year will be the right to start and end states of emergency unilaterally.

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

The movement denies any involvement.

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

Sunday's decree also banned 12 civil-society groups, three newspapers and a television broadcaster.

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