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Turkey dismisses another 10,000 civil servants

30 October 2016

Over 10,000 more civil servants, suspected to have links to US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, have been dismissed by the Turkish authorities.

Gülen is accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt of July 15.

After the imposition of another emergency decree, officially published on 29th October, thousands of academics, teachers and health workers were among those removed from their posts. In addition, 15 media outlets, almost all of which reported from the southeast, have been shut down.

Turkey has formally arrested more than 37,000 people and has already sacked or suspended over 100,000 civil servants, judges, prosecutors, police and others.

Following the failed coup attempt in July, the state of emergency imposed after the coup, was extended for another three months until January.

President Erdogan has said that more time is needed to rid the country of the threat posed by the Gülen network and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Hurriyet

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