Turkey suspends leave for over 3 million civil servants

The order comes amid a wide-ranging purge of government departments following an abortive military coup attempt


Reuters July 18, 2016
Damaged windows are pictured at the police headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, July 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has suspended the annual leave of more than three million civil servants nationwide until further notice, according to a government order published on Monday.

The order, published in Turkey's Official Gazette, comes amid a wide-ranging government purge of the civil service, judiciary, police and armed forces following an abortive coup attempt by a faction of the army on Friday evening.

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Civil servants already on leave will return to their posts as soon as possible, the order said.

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