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Are tensions straining AKP's inner circle?

Despite rumors otherwise, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's relationships with his prime minister and former intelligence chief remain strong.
This file picture taken on December 19, 2014 shows the head of Turkey's intelligence agency Hakan Fidan (C) standing in Ankara. The powerful head of Turkey's intelligence agency, one of the most loyal allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has resigned to stand for election as a lawmaker, the official Anatolia news agency said on February 7, 2015. The resignation of Hakan Fidan, who has headed the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) since 2010, has been accepted by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and will

The resignation of Turkey's intelligence chief, Hakan Fidan, and his subsequent decision to run as a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, has upended Turkish politics. At first, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave his blessing to Fidan's resignation and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidacy, but in a recent statement given at the airport before taking off to Latin America, Erdogan was less accepting of the resignation — making innuendos that would have an earthquake-like effect in Ankara.

This marked Erdogan’s first ever negative comments on Fidan. For five years, Erdogan relentlessly backed and praised the intelligence chief, as US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen’s team tried to remove Fidan from his post. This was actually the core of Erdogan’s war against Gulen.

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