Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) arrives to deliver a speech to the members of the Turkish Parliament in Ankara on January 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkey has extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and telecoms regulators and state TV, firing dozens of executives in moves that appear to broaden Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's backlash against a corruption investigation.The authorities have already sacked thousands of police officers, dozens of prosecutors and some state television officials in response to the corruption investigation, which has become the biggest challenge to Erdogan's 11-year rule. Five department chiefs were fired at the Telecommunications Directorate (TIB), a body that carries out electronic surveillance as well as serving as telecoms regulator, and a dozen people were fired at Turkey's state channel TRT, including department heads and senior news editors.Earlier in the week the government reassigned twenty high-profile prosecutors, stepping up the purge of the judiciary.
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