Nearly 82,000 sacked or suspended in Turkey since failed coup
Aug.13, Ankara: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said some 5,000 state employees have been sacked and 77,000 suspended in the purge since last month's failed coup in Turkey.
Speaking to the reporters, Yildirim said that more than 3,000 of those sacked were members of the military. They are suspected of links to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, he said.
Announcing a visit to Turkey by US Vice-President Joe Biden, he again urged the US to extradite Gulen.
The cleric, a former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, from where he runs a worldwide network of charities and schools. He denies any knowledge of or involvement in Turkey's first coup attempt since 1997, which left 270 people dead.
According to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, the Turkish prime minister added that the US stance on extradition was "getting better".
He said that since the coup attempt on 15-16 July, 76,597 civil servants had been suspended over links to the coup attempt, and 4,897 had been dismissed from their posts, bringing the total number to 81,974.
The Oslo Times International News Network