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20,000 policemen, 6,000 judges and prosecutors to be employed

Turkey’s Justice Ministry will employ 4,000 new judges and prosecutors and 2,000 interns for judgeships and Turkey’s Security Directorate General will recruit 20,000 policemen following the issuance of two state decrees that purged 922 people from public service, NTV reported on Friday.

According to the report, 29,000 people, including 20,000 policemen and 7,500 night patrolmen, will be recruited to the Security Directorate General. Three thousand positions were assigned to the Special Operations Directorate and 200 positions to the Coast Guard Command.

The Justice Ministry will employ 4,000 new judges and prosecutors and 2,000 interns for the position of judge. One hundred positions were opened for inspectors on the Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK).

With two new decrees that Turkey issued on Friday morning, enabled by state of emergency powers, 922 more people were purged from public service while three more media organizations and foundations were also shut down.

The new decrees were published in the Official Gazette and numbered 693 and 694, an addition to several others that have led to the purge of more than 146,000 people since a failed coup on July 15, 2016.

According to the new decrees, 922 people from state institutions, including 142 from the Justice Ministry, 29 from the Interior Ministry, 19 from the Defense Ministry and 120 academics from universities, were fired and 13 retired Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) officers were stripped of their rank.

Two newspapers, one news agency and three foundations were also shut down by the decrees.

The Turkish government has suspended or dismissed more than 146,000 people, including soldiers, judges, teachers, police officers and civil servants, since last summer through government decrees issued as part of the state of emergency.

The government is being widely criticized for taking the judiciary under its control and imposing pressure on its members to make politically motivated decisions.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has occupied all state institutions by turning last year’s July 15 coup attempt into an opportunity.

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