On Tuesday, the Turkish parliament voted on a reform package that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan, a move that paves the way towards an executive presidency.

The vote indicated that the majority of the parliament support the bill as it was passed with 338 votes.

Some deputies of the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition MHP had not voted in favor of the bill.

Erdogan and his proponents argue that Turkey needs a strong leadership through an executive presidency in order to prevent returning to the fragile coalition governments of the past.

His opponents, however, fear this would lead to authoritarianism.

The reform needs support from at least 330 parliamentarians to go to a referendum in the spring.

Under the bill, Erdogan will be given enough power to appoint and dismiss government ministers, take back the leadership of the ruling party, and also govern until 2029.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that the bill would resolve the issue of having two executive authorities.

“There needs to be one authority in the executive branch,” he said at Monday’s debate on the bill, adding, “Two captains sink the ship, there needs to be one captain.”