Turkey suspends leave for over 3 million civil servants: Gov't order

Reuters , Monday 18 Jul 2016

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses the media in Ankara, Turkey, in this June 27, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

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.

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

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