Turkish president says does not welcome spy chief's election bid

By REUTERS
February 9, 2015 14:16

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said he did not welcome a decision by the country's powerful spy chief to quit and run for parliament, signalling a possible rift over plans for looming elections among the ruling elite.

Erdogan's reaction to the move by Hakan Fidan, one of his main allies, surprised commentators who had widely predicted the intelligence chief would stand in June elections - and depicted it as part of a plan to strengthen the ruling party's power base in parliament.

"I don't view his candidacy positively. I said this to the prime minister," Erdogan told reporters at Istanbul airport on Sunday.

The president did not spell out his reasons. But analysts suggested Erdogan may have intervened because he had come to rely on Fidan at the helm of the intelligence agency.


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