Former Turkish spy chief withdraws from election amid Erdogan dissent

March 9, 2015 5:20 PM

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ANKARA (Reuters) - The former head of Turkey's intelligence service said on Monday he had abandoned plans to run for parliament in a June election, an apparent victory for President Tayyip Erdogan who had opposed his candidacy.

Hakan Fidan's announcement a month ago that he planned to be a candidate for the ruling AK Party triggered an apparent rift at the top of the party.

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