Zoran Zaev will Continue to lead Macedonia towards NATO and the EU membership

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said he did not intend to resign despite the low turnout rate in the referendum on changing the country's name, the Associated Press reported.

According to Zaev, the referendum can be considered as a success after a "vast majority" of the citizens approved a name change that is part of an agreement with Greece making the way for Macedonia's membership to the European Union and NATO.

He also commented it is his duty to stay and he did not intend to resign and added that he would "continue to lead the country towards NATO and EU membership." Zaev classified the referendum as "democratic success," stating it is "consultative" and not mandatory. In his words, the result clearly shows the will of the Macedonian people.

He stressed, "there is no better deal with Greece and there cannot be". According to the latest results, 91% of the referendum voters approved the name change agreement and the turnout rate was 36%. This was not enough to make the referendum valid because it needed at least 50% of the Macedonian citizens to take part in it.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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