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Turkey's former spy chief quits election, gets job back

Hakan Fidan (C) was reappointed head of the secret service after dropping a bid to run for parliament in upcoming elections, a government spokesman saidTurkey’s powerful former intelligence chief was on Monday reappointed head of the secret service after dropping a bid to run for parliament in upcoming elections, a government spokesman said. “Mr prime minister has reappointed (Hakan Fidan) as MIT (National Intelligence Organisation) undersecretary,” Bulent Arinc told reporters in Ankara. Fidan had earlier on Monday announced he was abandoning his election bid after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed fury over his decision to step down and seek elected office. In February, Fidan resigned from the MIT to stand as a lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the June 7 legislative polls.

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