Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Turkey suspends 12,800 police officers from duty

Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to strengthen his grip on power after July's failed military coup. Turkey has suspended 12,800 police officers from duty, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his intention to extend the country's state of emergency by 90 days.

Authorities claim those suspended were directly linked to Fethullah Gulen, the self-exiled Muslim cleric the Turkish government believes was behind July's failed military coup.

Police officials said those suspended, who include 2,523 police chiefs, were allegedly "in cohesion with or connected to" Gulen's movement, reports the New York Times.

There are around 250,000 members of the Turkish police force in total.

By extending the state of emergency, President Erdogan will continue to hold the extraordinary powers he assumed following the attempted coup, including the power to make decisions that cannot be overturned by the Constitutional Court, Turkey's highest legal body.

Culled from www.theweek.co.uk
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