A total of 7,563 people were dismissed with a new post-coup emergency decree, released only a day before the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

The government decree, numbered 692, dismissed 7,563 people including 302 academics, from their jobs.

Turkey survived a military takeover attempt on July 15, last year and the government dismissed some 140,000 people over alleged ties to the Gulen movement, accused to have organized the attempt. The group denies involvement.

Those purged included 418 from the Justice Ministry, 2,303 from the police, 551 from the Religious Affairs Directorate [Diyanet], 45 from the Foreign Ministry, 1,486 from the Interior Ministry, 102 from the Education Ministry, 789 from the Health Ministry, 302 from the Higher Education Board [YÖK], 546 from the Turkish military, 29 from the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation [TRT] and 235 from the gendarmerie.

Former Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu is also among those dismissed.

Meanwhile, medals that were given to former national football stars Hakan Şükür and Arif Erdem were also withdrawn.

Also, 342 retired members of the Turkish military have been deprived of their ranks they had during their service while 302 people who were earlier dismissed from public service were reinstated to their jobs.

The decree cancelled student status of 9 people who are studying abroad.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on July 7, 2017 that at least 50,504 people have been arrested and 168,801 are the subject of legal proceedings over links to the Gulen movement since last summer.