Motivated by the opposition's promises of fair judgment for public workers sacked via state of emergency decrees, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is eyeing efforts to compensate thousands victimized by the practice, the daily Milli Gazete reported on Sep. 17.
The AKP government dismissed thousands of public workers from their posts via state of emergency decrees (KHK) in a bid to "cleanse the state of coup plotters" following the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.
Legislation efforts by sacked workers have proven futile in the years since their dismissal, but some continue to seek reinstatement to their posts.
The government's move tries to eye the votes of the sacked civil servants, as surveys have shown that 98 percent of them who used to vote for the AKP are now planning to cast their votes for the opposition in the upcoming elections.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's close circle of colleagues have reportedly been advised to start legal preparations for a regulation to compensate public workers who were dismissed during this period.
The government is reportedly looking to complete its efforts as soon as possible to win back the votes of those who changed their stance as a result of the state of emergency decrees.