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Turkey dismisses more than 42,000 civil servants

Nearly 43,000 people have been expelled from their jobs in Turkey's public institutions for alleged ties to terror organisations endangering national security, the government says.

Lists of names and positions published by the Official Gazette show the widescale purge Turkey has undertaken since the failed coup of July 15.

The government blames US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen for the plot that killed at least 270 people, and labels the network a terror organisation.

The dismissals are allowed through the state of emergency, declared following the coup attempt. The highest number of dismissals is from the Ministry of National Education with 28,163 people.

About 35,000 people have been detained for questioning and more than 17,000 of those have been formally arrested to face trial, including soldiers, police, judges and journalists.



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