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Turkey purges state officials following failed coup

A damaged window is pictured at the police headquarters in Ankara, Turkey. REUTERS/Osman Orsal.

Turkey purges state officials following failed coup

A purge of state officials in Turkey following a failed coup continues with more than 15,000 education staff suspended.

The ministry of education in Turkey has accused them of links to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric the Turkish government says was behind Friday’s uprising.

Since Friday more than 1500 university deans have been ordered to resign and the licences of 21,000 teachers working at private institutions have been revoked.

The army, judiciary, security and civil service have all been targeted following Friday’s coup attempt with thousands of employees arrests, fired or suspended, including 6000 military personnel arrested, with more than two dozen generals awaiting trial, almost 3000 judges and 9000 police officers have been sacked.

Turkey’s finance ministry has also been targeted with an estimated 1500 employees dismissed as has the media – Turkey’s media regulation body on Tuesday revoked the licenses of 24 radio and TV channels accused of links to Gulen.

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