The head of Turkey's intelligence agency Hakan Fidan (C) standing in Ankara December 19, 2014. (AFP/ADEM ALTAN)
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Turkey's prime minister denied a rift with President Tayyip Erdogan over the fate of the country's intelligence chief on Tuesday after the top spy was hastily restored to the job he had quit to stand in June elections.Elected president in August after a decade as prime minister, Erdogan wants the AKP to secure a stronger majority in June and make constitutional changes introducing a presidential system in Turkey, where the prime minister holds more power.Speaking to reporters in parliament, Davutoglu played down tensions with Erdogan and defended Fidan's position. Jonathan Friedman of global risk consultancy Stroz Friedberg said Fidan's climb-down suggested that Erdogan -- prime minister for more than a decade before winning the presidency last August -- felt insecure in his current role, trying to maintain influence over government without the constitutional mandate.
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