Macedonian parliament debates on changing country’s name

Zoran Zaev, Macedonian PM [Photo: Greek Reporter]
Zoran Zaev, Macedonian PM [Photo: Greek Reporter]

The Macedonian parliament is due to begin debate on constitutional amendments to change the country’s name, to end long-running diplomatic feud with Greece, local media reported on Monday.

According to the report, lawmakers are considering whether to begin the process, for which the Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, needs two-thirds majority, or 80 out of the 120 votes, to effect the change.

“It is unclear whether his governing coalition can rake in the extra 10 votes needed from the nationalist opposition in order to launch the changes.

“If parliament does agree to the procedure, it would still have to seal the changes with another vote requiring the two-thirds majority,‘’ it noted.

Mr Zaev and his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, in June agreed that the former Yugoslav republic will change its name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

In return, Athens, which claims the name Macedonia and its historic legacy for its northern province, has vowed to stop blocking Skopje’s membership to NATO and, in the long term, the European Union.

Mr Zaev urged all legislators to back the agreement, but promised to call early elections if he fails to push it through.

Opponents of the name change have scheduled a protest in front of the parliament an hour before the parliamentary session.

(dpa/NAN)


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: To place a text-based advert here. Call Willie - +2347088095401


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.