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Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees over alleged terrorism links

Ankara: Turkish authorities have ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees over alleged links to terrorist organisations, according to an emergency decree published in the country’s official legal database.
The Official Gazette said that 18,632 people had been sacked as part of a crackdown following a failed military coup two years ago, including 8,998 police officers, 3,077 army soldiers, 1,949 air force personnel and 1,126 from the naval forces.
Some 1,052 civil servants and 199 academics were also among those dismissed, with at least three newspapers, a television channel and 12 associations also shut down.
The decree also said 148 employees who were dismissed in the past were reinstated.
Turkish media dubbed the latest decree as the “last,” with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as Monday.
The emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest period is officially due to end on July 19.
Turkey has been under a state of emergency since July 2016 following an attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

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