Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Turkey sacks over 18,600 employees linked to terror groups

Turkey sacks over 18,600 employees linked to terror groups

Turkey dismissed 18,632 state employees from their posts through a statutory decree under Turkey's state of emergency over their links with terror groups, according to the official gazette on Sunday.

The state of emergency has been renewed seven times, and the latest period is due to formally end on 19 July.

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.

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The Turkish government blames the July coup, 2016, living in the USA of the theologian Fethullah gülen, and the charges of belonging to a "terrorist group Fethullah" is used during the purges constantly. Gulen strongly denies any coup links and insists his movement is a peaceful organization.

Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have criticized the purges as arbitrary.

The decree has also dismissed a certain number of employees of the Turkish Justice Ministry (1,051), the Education Ministry (658), the Directorate of Religious Affairs (240), the Foreign Ministry (38) and state universities (199).

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"The (Gulen) organization is a religious structure in its basis, but the defendants on trial here are mostly people who've espoused a secular lifestyle", he said.

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.

The July 8 decree shut down 12 associations across the country as well as three newspapers and a television channel.

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