Turkey’s Interior Ministry has permanently expelled a total of 44 local state administrators from their posts on the grounds that they are linked to the faith-based Gülen movement, Turkish media outlets reported on Thursday

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement. The movement denies the accusiations.