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Parliament of Macedonia to consider agreement on name change

Two-thirds of the MPs should vote positively for the ratification of the agreement
12:40, 15 October 2018

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Today, on October 15, the Parliament of Macedonia will consider the matter on the name change of the country and will hold voting, AFP reports.  

‘Macedonia's parliament will vote Monday on whether to ratify a deal to change the country's name, in a bid to finally settle one of Europe's longest-running disputes,’ the outlet reported.  

Related: Referendum on name change of country takes place in Macedonia

It is noted that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev faces an uphill battle to get the necessary votes to introduce the relevant constitutional amendment. If he succeeded, then the name of the country will change to “North Macedonia,” the text of the preamble and guarantees of the immutability of borders and sovereignty of neighboring countries will be changed. Support measures for diaspora abroad will also be adjusted. 

Related: Macedonia's President urges to protest against referendum on renaming

Earlier, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, stated that Macedonia would be invited to the negotiations on the membership in NATO right after the question of the renaming of the state is finally settled. Stoltenberg said that the recent agreement on the renaming of the country into the North Macedonia with Greece and the end of a long-term conflict was “a historic agreement, which provides a historic opportunity” for Skopje to join NATO.   

Related: U.S. accuses Russia of meddling in Macedonia before name referendum

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