Turkey suspends leave for over 3 million civil servants: Govt order

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim chairs a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Turkey, on July 18, 2016.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim chairs a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Turkey, on July 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL (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 (July 18).

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.