https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-sacks-18000-officials-emergency-decree-erdogan-swears-oath-president-a8437151.htmlTurkey suddenly sacks 18,000 officials in emergency decree, days before Erdogan is sworn in again
More than 18,000 civil servants including police officers, academics and members of the armed forces in Turkey are to be dismissed as the country gets set to lift the state of emergency that had been in place for around two years.
The decree was issued on Sunday, shortly after Recep Tayyip Erdogan's re-election last month as he prepares to take on an executive presidency with a revamped parliament.
Among those to be dismissed, around 9,000 are from the country’s police force. Around 5,000 more are from the armed forces and hundreds are academics from across the country. Their passports will also be cancelled.
Some retired service personnel who had their ranks annulled will also be deprived of their pensions as a result.
The ruling, which was 461 pages in size and published in the Official Gazette, also shuttered twelve non-governmental organisations, three newspapers and one television station.
But 148 people who were previously sacked are to be brought back in under the decree.
And for the typically oriental part:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44774316Turkey's Erdogan son-in-law made finance minister amid nepotism fears
The appointment of Berat Albayrak appeared to rattle the markets amid concerns of nepotism in the upper echelons of power.
Mr Erdogan, who was re-elected last month, has vowed to "propel our country forward" with his sweeping new powers.
Opponents fear his new role, executive president, will destroy democracy.
Mr Erdogan's new position marks a transition away from a parliamentary system and the office of prime minister, which has been in place since the foundation of the modern Turkish republic 95 years ago.
It allows him to appoint ministers and vice-presidents and intervene in the legal system.