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Erdogan assumes new presidential powers, tightening control over Turkey

Steven Clarke | 09 July, 2018, 07:44

Turkish media dubbed the latest decree as the "last", with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as Monday.

The dismissals came the day before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to be sworn in for his second term, following his victory in last month's presidential election.

The list, which was reviewed during a cabinet meeting convened by Erdogan last month, included almost 9,000 police officers, over 6,000 military personnel, and about 1,000 employees from the justice ministry.

Prosecutors in Istanbul issued arrest warrants for 271 soldiers, 122 of whom are still on active duty, as part of a probe into followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in the Turkish armed forces, news agency Anadolu reported.

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.

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Some 3,077 army soldiers were also dismissed, as well as 1,949 air force personnel and 1,126 from the naval forces.

According to the UN's human rights office, more 160,000 civil servants had already been dismissed before this latest round. Turkey says the measures are necessary to combat threats to national security. The majority of those fired under the emergency are accused of links to Gulen.

Earlier this year, the government said more than 77,000 people had been arrested over alleged links to Gulen.

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

Tens of thousands of others have been fired or suspended in the vast purge.

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