Turkey fires thousands of public servants in anti-terror purge

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets members of parliament from his ruling AK Party as he arrives at the Turkish parliament in Ankara

Turkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees including police officers, soldiers and academics, in a decree published on Sunday.

On Sunday, the official gazette said 8,998 police officers were ousted from the security general directorate, while 649 others were dismissed from the gendarmerie general command.

But the government says they are necessary to remove a number of terrorist threats inside state institutions.

The emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest period is officially due to end on July 19.

The decree follows President Tayyip Erdogan's victory in last month's presidential election and comes before he swears his oath on Monday, inaugurating a powerful executive presidency.

Turkey accuses US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the attempted coup.

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In the scope of counter terror measures, Turkey has issued public decrees to cut links of terror-related personnel with the government.

Turkish authorities had already dismissed around 160,000 civil servants since the failed military intervention, the United Nations human rights office said in March.

Some 1,052 civil servants and 199 academics were also among those dismissed, with at least three newspapers, a television channel and 12 associations also shut down.

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

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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