Jul 08 2018

Turkey sacks more than 18,000 state employees ahead of expected lifting of state of emergency rule

More than 18,500 state employees including police officers, soldiers and academics were dismissed by Turkey’s latest decree published on Sunday following a recent announcement that the country’s state of emergency rule will be lifted later this month, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Turkey has been ruled under the state of emergency since the July 2016 coup attempt, allowing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government to issue decree laws which bypass legislative and judicial procedures.

A total of 18,632 people, including 8,998 police officers, 3,077 army soldiers, 1,949 air force personnel and 1,126 from the naval forces, were sacked in Turkey’s emergency decree numbered 701 over suspected links to terror organisations and groups that "act against national security,’’ namely the Gülen movement, which Ankara holds responsible for the July 2016 coup attempt.

The decree also saw that 12 associations, three newspapers and one television station was shut down.

The Turkish Prime Ministry has announced that the country’s state of emergency is set to be lifted on July 28 after being extended seven times.