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Turkey reintegrates more than 1,800 dismissed officials after the failed coup

Ⓒ AFP – Ozan Kose – | Tourists at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul on January 8, 2018

The Turkish government reinstated by decree 1,823 officials who had been dismissed after the failed coup d’état against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016, state media agency Anadolu reported Friday.

The 1,823 officials had been dismissed after the coup attempt accused of having downloaded ByLock, an encrypted messaging application that the government considers the privileged communication tool of the coup plotters.

However, at the end of December the authorities announced that this application had been downloaded by thousands of people without knowing it.

More than 140,000 people were dismissed or suspended from Turkish institutions after the failed coup d’état imputed by the government to preacher Fethullah Gülen, a resident of the United States, who rejects the accusations.

The purges unleashed by the government after the attempted coup, extended to pro-Kurdish activists and the media, led to the imprisonment of 55,000 people.

Among the people reinstated to their duties are in particular 544 employees of the Ministry of Education, 458 of the General Directorate of Security and 204 of the Ministry of Health, according to the Anadolu agency.

The reinstated officials will receive all the salaries corresponding to the period in which they were dismissed but will not be entitled to compensation, the source added.

On the other hand, the same decree announces the definitive radiation of the public function of 262 people.

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