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.