Turkish PM seeks support for new constitution

AP , Thursday 29 Sep 2011

Erdogan tries to shore support for new constitution, stresses its civilian nature

The prime minister says his government is seeking opposition's involvement in drawing up the country's new constitution, which would replace the one ratified in 1982 while the country was under military rule.

Prime Minister's Recep Tayyip Erdogan party has 327 seats in the 550-seat parliament and he needs the support of at least 40 opposition lawmakers to enact the new constitution

Erdogan said Thursday "we have to search for common ground. It must be a civilian constitution."

Ever since coming to power, Erdogan has tried to curb the military's influence on politics.

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