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  Macedonia MPs Pass Amendments to Change Country’s Name
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 11, 2019 09:21pm
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AuthorSinisa Jakov Marusic
News DateFriday, January 11, 2019 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMacedonia’s parliament backed all four of the government-proposed amendments on changing the country's constitution on Friday night, allowing the country's name to be changed to the Republic of North Macedonia.

All present 81 MPs from the ruling parties and from several opposition parties backed the amendments, securing the much needed two-thirds majority.

Most of the MPs from the opposition right-wing VMRO DPMNE party, which opposes the name agreement, were absent from the session.

The constitutional changes mark the finalisation of Macedonia's side of the name agreement with Greece, and mean that the country's name will now become the Republic of North Macedonia for international and domestic use.

The nationality of the majority population will remain Macedonian.

The UN provisional reference, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, FYROM, will be scrapped.

With the amendments passed, Greece is expected to lift its veto on Macedonia's hopes of starting EU membership negotiations and joining NATO.
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