Erdogan expected to be sworn tomorrow amidst the firing of over 18,000 state workers

In this photo taken on Thursday, June 14, 2018, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers his speech during an election rally in Yalova, Turkey. The most powerful and polarizing leader in Turkish history is standing for re-election in a presidential vote on Sunday that could cement Turkey's switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, which was narrowly approved in a referendum last year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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BBC: Turkey has sacked another 18,000 state workers, in the latest purge triggered by a failed coup two years ago. Those dismissed include soldiers, police and academics. A TV channel and three newspapers have also been closed.

Since the coup attempt the government has fired more than 125,000 people, introduced emergency rule and clamped down on the media and the opposition.

The move comes as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to be sworn in with sweeping new powers on Monday.

He has promised to lift the state of emergency. Correspondents say the purge announced on Sunday could be the last before he does so.

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