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Strong Support, But Low Turnout, In Macedonia Vote On Name Change

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A referendum on changing Macedonia’s name as part of a deal to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece won overwhelming support on September 30, but failed to secure turnout of 50 percent required to make the vote valid.

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Early on October 1, with ballots from more than 97 percent of polling stations counted, the official results showed 91.3 percent of voters approving the deal to change the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia.

But in the face of a boycott called by opponents of the name change, turnout stood at just 36.8 percent of Macedonia’s 1.8 million eligible voters — far from the massive support that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s government had hoped for…

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