ANKARA / AP
Turkeyâ€™s prime minister has officially launched his ruling partyâ€™s campaign for a â€œyesâ€ vote in a referendum on ushering a presidential system, which critics fear will concentrate too many powers in the hands of President Recep Tayyip
Binali Yildirim formally got campaigning going on Saturday telling supporters in a sports arena that the proposed new system would build a strong Turkey capable of surmounting terror threats and make its economy more robust.
Yildirim said: â€œWe are taking the first steps on the path of a future strong Turkey.â€
The proposed reforms â€” to be voted on April 16 â€” will give the largely ceremonial presidency executive powers and abolish the office of the prime minister.
Opponents say the proposed system foresees too few checks and balances on Erdoganâ€™s rule.