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Macedonian Name Change Moves Ahead After Crucial Parliament Vote

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Επίσκεψη, Υπουργού Εξωτερικών, Ν. Κοτζιά στην πΓΔΜ – Συνάντηση ΥΠΕΞ, Ν. Κοτζιά, με Πρωθυπουργό της πΓΔΜ, Z. Zaev (23.03.2018)

Macedonia’s parliament has taken a critical step toward renaming the country North Macedonia, a move that would end a decades-long dispute with Greece and pave the way for Skopje to join NATO and the European Union.

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With not a vote to spare, a bare two-thirds majority of 80 of the Macedonian parliament’s 120 members voted for the name change after a tense week of debate, back-room negotiations, and delays that pushed the vote into the late hours of October 19.

Amendments will now be drafted to incorporate the new name into Macedonia’s constitution, after which another parliamentary vote will be required to enshrine the changes — most likely in January…

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