A recent decree issued under post-coup attempt emergency rules has led to dismissals of 50,589 civil servants and banned their employment at any state institution.
Published in the Official Gazette late on Thursday, the decree listed the names of all affected.
Education Ministry topped the list of dismissals with 28,163 people –most of them teachers– fired following the decree. A total of 7669 police officers and 323 gendarmerie forces were dismissed from their positions. The decree also included the dismissals of 2,346 from the Council of Higher Education (YÖK); 2,018 from Health Ministry; 1,519 from Religious Affairs Directorate; 829 from Finance Ministry and 733 from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock.
Among those fired are also 24 governors and 102 deputy governors. The decree also prohibits re-employment of those fired, at any state institution.
Authorities may cancel the passports of 50,589 civil servants and their spouses if needed, according to the decree. Also, diplomas of those who graduated from the movement-affiliated schools abroad have been revoked with the decree.
“50,589 FETO-linked state workers were removed from civil service with the decree. The purge will continue,” Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli wrote on his Twitter account late on Thursday.
Turkey survived a military intervention on July 15 which killed over 240 and wounded more than 2,000 people. Immediately after the coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the government pinned the blame on Gulen Movement, launching a massive purge across Turkey. 41,407 people have been detained and 22,198 arrested since the putsch attempt so far.
Prior to the new decree, 86,000 people had already been either sacked or suspended from within state bodies. While it is yet to be known if the midnight decree implicated only the people who had already been suspended, it is thought to bring up the total number.
FETO is an abbreviation the government coined to describe the alleged terrorist network of the Gulen Movement within state institutions.
The decree also calls retired judges and prosecutors to duty if they wish.