Thousands of state employees fired in Turkey

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Thousands of state employees fired in Turkey

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

Turkey has been under state of emergency since July 2016 following an attempted coup that tried to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Twelve associations, three newspapers and a TV channel were shut down.

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

The Turkish media dubbed the decree as the "last" one, with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as July 9.

But the government says they are necessary to remove multiple terror threats inside state institutions.

Turkey is lifting the state of emergency on Monday after the announcement of new cabinet, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday.

During the election campaign, pushed by his opponents' promises including his main opposition rival Muharrem Ince, Erdogan vowed to lift the state of emergency if he was re-elected.

The Turkish government blamed groups linked to exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen for the failed coup attempt.

"The (Gulen) organization is a religious structure in its basis, but the defendants on trial here are mostly people who've espoused a secular lifestyle", he said.

In Turkey's Ground Forces, 3,077 officers have been dismissed, while in Navy the number was 1,126 and in Air Force, 1,949 officers and non-commissioned officers have been sacked.

The decree also said 148 employees who were dismissed in the past had been reinstated.

Since the coup attempt, some 50,000 people, including dozens of journalists, were arrested in a massive crackdown on alleged Gulen supporters.

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