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

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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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