Macedonia’s parliament backs name agreement with Greece

In a late Friday night vote, exactly 80 MPs in Macedonia’s 120-seat parliament voted to start the procedure of amending the constitution so that the country can change its name to North Macedonia to settle its dispute with Greece, Balkan Insight reports. Eight of the 48 MPs from the main opposition VMRO ended up voting for the motion, even though the party had vowed to block the name agreement. A 2/3 vote was needed to get the name deal over the initial parliamentary hurdle. Two more votes are needed to ratify the deal, and the final vote also requires a 2/3 majority.


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