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Turkey Purges Hundreds of Civil Servants in Latest Decrees

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the re-opening of the Ottoman-era Yildiz Hamidiye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, August 4, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Murad Sezer

Istanbul: Turkey dismissed hundreds of civil servants and boosted President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers over the national intelligence agency MIT in two decrees published on Friday under emergency rule imposed after an attempted coup last year.

Turkey has sacked or suspended more than 150,000 officials in purges since the failed putsch, while sending to jail pending trial some 50,000 people including soldiers, police, civil servants.

Under the latest decrees, published in the Official Gazette, more than 900 civil servants from various ministries, public institutions and the military were dismissed.

According to one of the decrees, the president’s permission will be required for the head of the national intelligence agency MIT to be investigated or to act as a witness. The legal changes will also open the way for investigations into lawmakers for alleged crimes committed before or after they are elected.

(Reuters)

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