Almost 50,000 more Turkish officials sacked after coup attempt

Nearly 50,000 additional civil servants in Turkey have been fired by decree, as the government continues its purge of public services following a July coup attempt.

The number includes more than 20,000 civil servants working for the education ministry and another nearly 8,000 from police services, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Friday.

By mid-August, Turkey had already suspended over 80,000 civil servants, bringing the total number of sacked public employees to nearly 130,000.

The government has vowed to "cleanse" the country's civil service of supporters of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it says is behind the attempted putsch on July 15.

According to the last official figures more than 20,000 suspects - including soldiers, judges, prosecutors and journalists - are currently detained in relation to investigations surround the coup attempt.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month nationwide state of emergency in the week after the attempted putsch, which allows the government to rule by decree.

New decrees have been announced, Anadolu reported, allowing retired judges and prosecutors to return to public service under certain circumstances.

Additionally, the passports of those married to suspected Gulen supporters can be declared invalid.

Turkey considers the Gulen movement to be a terrorist organization. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, has denied any involvement in the coup plot.

Last update: Fri, 02/09/2016 - 16:40

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