Turkey fires thousands of public servants in anti-terror purge

Turkey has been under a state of emergency since the July 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Some government officials have said that with such powers, Erdogan won't need to extend the "extraordinary rule" that allows for exceptional police measures and governance by decree, and which has been in place since the coup attempt in July 2016.

Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have criticized the purges as arbitrary.

Turkey regularly carries out such operations as part of a large-scale government crackdown on Gulen's movement.

Erdogan will take his oath in the Turkish parliament, followed by a lavish ceremony at his nearby palace in Ankara.

The current parliamentary system will end under constitutional changes approved in a referendum previous year.

Critics of Erdogan, who had said he would quickly end the state of emergency if he was re-elected, accuse him of using the failed coup as a pretext to quash dissent.

The Turkish government blames US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen for the coup.

The movement denies any involvement.

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Thousands of state employees were dismissed in Turkey under an emergency decree for allegedly threatening national security.

8998 police officers are being dismissed, including 3077 lay-offs in the Army, 1126 in the Navy, 1949 in the Air Force and 192 in the Coast Guard.

Moreover, 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the Ministry of Justice.

Authorities also sacked 199 academics, according to the new decree, while 148 state employees from the military and ministries were reinstated.

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

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the European Union and the United States.

With the decree, 12 foundations, three newspapers and one television station have been shut down as well, in addition to dismissals of public servants.

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