Turkey sacks 18500 state employees in new decree

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Turkish police on Friday launched nationwide raids to detain almost 350 people, including soldiers, accused of links to the group blamed for the July 2016 failed coup, state media reported.

About 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the justice ministry.

The decree also said 148 employees who were previously sacked had been reinstated.

The move comes before Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday is sworn in as president following re-election in June and prior to lifting a state of emergency in place since summer 2016.

Police officers drive some of the tanks that were used by soldiers participating in the attempted coup back to the Selimiye Army Base in Istanbul, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Turkey has been under a state of emergency for almost two years, declared after a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

With the declaration of new cabinet, the state of emergency that expires on July 19 should automatically be lifted, according to outgoing Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

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In Turkey issued a decree about the dismissal of more than 18 thousand public servants due to the cancellation of state of emergency.

The majority of those sacked under the emergency are accused of links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim preacher the government claims was behind the attempted coup.

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

Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, has denied any involvement in the failed coup in which more than 230 people were killed.

Sunday's decree also banned 12 civil-society groups, three newspapers and a television broadcaster.

The detentions show no sign of slowing after hundreds of people, including soldiers, were taken into custody last week over alleged Gulen links.

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