Turkey’s government issued an emergency decree dismissing thousands of public servants for alleged links to terror groups.
President Reccep Tayyib Erdogan, sacked 18,632 civil servants, including nearly 9,000 police officers, some 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics, for their alleged support of the failed coup that took place in July 2016.
The decree also reinstated 148 people previously sacked through emergency decrees, while annulling the ranks of some 1,500 retired military and police officers, depriving them of their pensions and passports.
Twelve non-governmental organizations, three newspapers and one television station were also shuttered.
In the next hours, Erdogan will be sworn in an executive Turkish presidency with sweeping new powers, vowing a “new era” for the country of 80 million people.
Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics for more than 15 years — first as prime minister and since 2014 as president.
He was reelected on June 24 with 52.5 percent of the vote. The election followed a controversial 2017 referendum that transformed the government from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.