FYROM Name Change Referendum Is Today

The 1.8 million citizens of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are voting for or against the country’s name change. If public approval is met, FYROM should be renamed North Macedonia in accordance with the deal made with Greece, the country’s southern neighbor. The change’s proponents promote it as the only way of joining the European Union and NATO, while it’s critics say this is a capitulation and a betrayal of a supposed Macedonian national identity.

Macedonia’s Prime Minister is quoted as saying: “If on the referendum all citizens are against, me and all politicians must, as we should in democratic countries, follow the voice of the people and the deal with Greece falls through.” The referendum attracted widespread international attention. The former US President George W. Bush called for Macedonians to vote in the referendum.

The question posed by the bulletins is: “Are you in favor of European Union and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?” 900,000 or 50% of FYROM citizens must vote in the referendum in order for it to be valid

The vote is often described as a historical moment in the state’s post-Yugoslav history. Virtually all of that history was plagued with political conflict and disputes surrounding FYROM’s name, official history, and “national” identity.

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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