Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Turkey bans academics from travelling abroad

Turkey's higher education council has banned academics from work trips abroad and urged those overseas to quickly return home, the state-run Anadolu news agency has reported.

Turkey has widened its massive post-coup purge from the military and police to the education sector to root out supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses of orchestrating last Friday's failed bid.

The cleric, who lives in Pennsylvania, has denied the accusation.

Yesterday, the government suspended 15,200 state education employees and demanded the resignation of almost 1,600 deans from private and state universities over alleged links to Mr Gulen.

Mr Gulen retains vast interests in Turkey ranging from media to finance to schools and wields influence in various apparatus including the judiciary and police.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to chair meetings of his national security council and cabinet in Ankara...


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