Turkish intelligence chief quits post to run in general elections
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Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey's intelligence service and one of President Tayyip Erdogan's closest confidants, has resigned in order to run in June parliamentary elections.
Sources in the Prime Minister's office told daily Hürriyet late Feb. 8 that the petition of resignation that Fidan presented was accepted by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and it would be valid as of Feb. 10.
According to Turkish law, Feb. 10 is the deadline for civil servants to resign in order to be nominated as candidates for the June 7 election. It was earlier reported that Sümeyye Erdoğan, the daughter of President Erdoğan, was likely to become a deputy as well.
Fidan was considered a strong candidate for the foreign minister post before Davutoğlu announced the new cabinet members last August after taking the helm at the Prime Ministry from Erdoğan.
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