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Turkey Purges Over 18,000 Personnel in Police, Military and Public Service

11 July 2018

According to the publication, 18 632 people were dismissed as a result of repression after the failed military coup two years ago, including 8998 police, 3 077 army, 1949 airmen and 1 126 naval forces.

Mr Erdogan will be inaugurated as president for a second term today after his victory in the first round of elections last month.The purge, ordered under a state of emergency that has been in place since an attempted coup in 2016, was a significant statement of intent.

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

In addition, the decree states that 148 people, fired by previous decrees, are reinstated in the public administration.

Human rights groups say the purge has also targeted the government's political opponents and critics and has swept up innocent people, as well.

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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.

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

Tens of thousands of others have been fired or suspended in the vast purge.

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One of the newspapers closed was the Kurdish-language daily Welat based in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir as well as the pro-Kurdish Ozgurlukcu Demokrasi whose Istanbul offices were raided by police in March.

Turkey Purges Over 18,000 Personnel in Police, Military and Public Service