Turkey has dismissed 88 employees of the foreign ministry, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, the latest in a series of purges of suspected supporters of a US-based Muslim cleric accused of organising a failed military coup. Cavusoglu was speaking to broadcaster NTV.
Fethullah Gulen, a controversial religious leader who lives in exile in the United States, denies any involvement in the coup, in which at least 246 people, excluding the plotters, were killed.
Turkish authorities have dismissed, suspended or placed under investigation tens of thousands of people in state institutions including government ministries, the armed forces and the police over suspected links to Gulen and his movement.
Earlier, confirming a government decree, a Turkish official said that 87 land army generals, 30 air force generals, and 32 admirals — a total of 149 — were dishonourably discharged over their complicity in the July 15 putsch bid.
In addition, 1,099 officers and 436 junior officers have also received a dishonourable discharge, the decree added.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who survived the biggest threat to his 13-year domination of the country when supporters countered the plotters on the streets, has blamed the attempted overthrow on US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.
(With AFP inputs)