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    Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave their national flags and hold a portrait of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric with Turkish words that read: the Coup nation traitor, FETO (Feto is the nickname of Fethullah Gulen), during a pro-government rally at Kizilay main square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Dozens of Local Governors Sacked in Turkey Over Links to PKK, Gulen

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    Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced Sunday it had fired 28 provincial administrators and district governors for having links to Kurdish militia PKK and cleric Fethullah Gulen.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — A crackdown on public servants began in Turkey after the failed coup of July 15. Ankara blamed Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric and the president's former ally, for plotting the attempt to overthrow Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    "Following the investigation that was launched under the law on the state of emergency, 28 heads of local administration have been fired, 24 of them had links to PKK and four to FETO," the statement read.

    The ministry added that 12 officials had been arrested. They have already been replaced by new governors. Most of local authorities under scrutiny are in Turkey's southeast and dominated by the Kurdish minority.

    ​FETO is the so-called Gulenist Terror Organization that Ankara claims is run by the Muslim cleric from overseas. Turkey is seeking Gulen's extradition from the United States, but Washington wants to see more evidence of his guilt.


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