Turkish PM says works on new constitution to begin after elections .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} The Turkish government will launch initiatives for a new constitution after the local elections at the end of March, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Friday. (UPDATED)

"We will resume our civil constitution works after the elections," he told reporters.

Erdogan said it was necessary to reach a compromise among political parties for a constitutional amendment, and the government would seek compromise with other parties as of April.

The prime minister said that the government was thinking of getting Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan involved in the process again.

In September 2008, Toptan sent a letter to chairmen of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and the Democratic Society Party (DTP) and proposed to set up four separate committees to debate constitution, parliamentary by-laws, European Union (EU) adjustment regulation, and some other important laws.

Also in December 2008, Toptan said he would call on the above mentioned parties represented at the parliament for a parliament session for a constitutional reform after the local elections in March.