Turkey sacks 18500 state employees Turkey sacks 18500 state employees

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The decree ordered the dismissal of 18,632 people, including 9,000 police officers, 6,000 members of the military, as well as hundreds of educators.

The move comes ahead of this month's expected lifting of a two-year-old state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup in July 2016.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016, following the defeated coup by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its USA -based leader Fetullah Gulen, which left 251 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

With the declaration of new cabinet, the state of emergency that expires on July 19 should automatically be lifted, according to outgoing Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

The government blames a USA -based cleric for orchestrating the coup and has sacked or arrested people suspected of links to him.

More than 18,500 state workers have been sacked by authorities in Turkey, in what could be the final purge under emergency rule following a failed coup two years ago.

The movement denies any involvement. Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

"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.

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

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the European Union and the United States.

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

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