Macedonian Parliament Passes 2nd Name Change Vote

The Macedonian Parliament approved the name agreement with Greece for a second time with 69 votes in support of the motion. Sixty-one votes were needed for it to pass. If the process ends successfully, Macedonia should be renamed to North Macedonia in order to solve their dispute with Greece.

The second round of voting was necessary due to the refusal of the Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov to sign the name change agreement with Greece, which he considers to be against his country’s interests. Ivanov is obliged to approve the second vote, but the constitution doesn’t specify what will happen if he refuses. Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev claimed that a refusal to approve the name change would be a reason for the impeachment of Ivanov.

A referendum concerning the name change to North Macedonia is supposed to be held after mid-September of 2018. The VMRO-DPMNE party, to which President Gjorge Ivanov belongs, opposes any name change.

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for

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