Turkish opposition condemns ex-intelligence chief’s reappointment
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) made a statement condemning Hakan Fidan's reappointment as the head of the country's intelligence, the Hurriyet newspaper reported March 10.
CHP statement said Fidan has no right to hold that office, as he was intending to take part in parliamentary election, representing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and will not be able to remain impartial, working as the Turkish intelligence head.
The opposition believes that Fidan's reappointment as the intelligence head is a gross violation of all legal norms.
Earlier Fidan announced that he will not participate in the parliamentary election. He thanked the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for their support to him.
Fidan resigned as the head of intelligence on Feb. 6, explaining this with his intention to take part in the parliamentary election, to be held in Turkey on June 7.
However, Fidan was reappointed as the head of intelligence on March 9.
Prior to that, President Erdogan expressed dissatisfaction with Fidan's resignation, because he, as Erdogan said, was playing a special role in the fight against the movement of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic public figure, residing in the US.
A criminal case was launched against Gulen in Turkey, and he is accused of espionage against the country and creating an armed terrorist group.
The representatives of 31 political parties will take part in the parliamentary election in Turkey.
Under the Turkish law, the persons, who want to take part in the parliamentary election, had to leave their previous positions until Feb. 10.
The ruling Justice and Development Party gained 46.66 percent of votes in the parliamentary election in Turkey, which took place in 2011. Republican People's Party gained 20.85 percent of votes, and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) - 14.29 percent.
Edited by SI
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