Tens of thousands in Turkey spent Friday night waiting new decrees

Tens of thousand people rushed to Turkey’s Offical Gazette’s website, after the Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced on Friday that two new presidential decrees would be issued at night and many public sector workers would be fired.

Fearing of losing their jobs,  many in the public sector started checking the Official Gazette’s website on Friday night, reaching more than a hundred thousand early Saturday morning. The website crashed a few times however the awaited decree did not appear.

“The decree Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced to be issued tonight made the web-site of the Official Gazette a centre of attraction,” pro-government CNN Türk said.

However, only one decree transferring some powers held by the cabinet to the president, in line with the country’s move to the executive presidential system was issued at midnight.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told reporters on Saturday that the government was still working on the other decree and it took a little longer than they had thought. 

Turkish press stated during the day that the list of public sector workers to be sacked would be in the next decree and more than ten thousand people would be sacked. Yet, the second decree issued on Saturday evening also included amendments made in various laws in accordance with the new presidential system.

The public sector workers keep waiting for the third decree, which is expected to be published on Saturday night.