Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkey Fires More Than 18000 State Employees In New Decree

Turkey Fires More Than 18000 State Employees In New Decree

Under the decree, published on the Official Gazette early on Sunday, 18,632 civil servants, including almost 9,000 police officers, 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics were sacked.

Sunday's decree shut down 12 associations, many of them in the education sector, across the country as well as three newspapers and a television channel.

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.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to parliamentarians as he arrives to attend the opening session of the new parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

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Turkey blames exiled preacher and businessmen Fethullah Gulen for the attempted power grab and cracked down decisively, implementing a state of emergency and using enhanced powers to sack scores of civil servants.

The state of emergency has been renewed seven times.

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

During the election campaign, pushed by his opponents' promises including his main opposition rival Muharrem Ince, Erdogan vowed to lift the state of emergency if he was re-elected.

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The government refers to his movement as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organisation" but Mr Gulen strongly denies any link to the failed coup and has repeatedly insisted his movement is peaceful.

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