Thursday 8 December 2016

Turkey dismisses 88 foreign ministry staff - foreign minister

Published 28/07/2016 | 10:57

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised Western countries which expressed concern over human rights after the attempted coup (AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised Western countries which expressed concern over human rights after the attempted coup (AP)

Turkey has dismissed 88 employees of the foreign ministry, the latest in a series of purges of suspected supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of organising a failed military coup.

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was speaking to broadcaster NTV on Thursday.

Cleric Fethullah Gulen denies any involvement in the coup, in which at least 246 people, excluding the plotters, were killed.

Read more: Turkey shuts down dozens of media organisations and discharges 1,700 military officers as clampdown continues

Turkish authorities have dismissed, suspended or placed under investigation tens of thousands of people in state institutions including government ministries, the armed forces and the police over suspected links to Gulen and his movement.

Erdogan supporters in front of a screen showing the Turkish president in Ankara. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Erdogan supporters in front of a screen showing the Turkish president in Ankara. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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