Macedonian parliament agrees to change country’s name as agreed with Greece 

SKOPJE: Macedonia’s parliament handed on Friday an modification to the structure to rename the nation Republic of North Macedonia, as agreed with Greece to place an finish to a 27-year dispute.

Eighty-one deputies within the 120-seat parliament voted in favor. Representatives of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, who opposed the settlement with Greece, boycotted the vote.

The nations struck the deal on the brand new title in June, however Macedonia will begin utilizing it solely after the parliament in Athens additionally ratifies the settlement.

Greece blocked its neighbor’s aspirations to European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) membership over using ‘Macedonia’, which it stated implied territorial claims by to a Greek province of the identical title.

Initially of the parliamentary session, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev instructed deputies the title change would “open the doorways to the long run, Macedonia’s European future”, and to becoming a member of the North Atlantic alliance.

A number of hundred individuals have protested towards the deal in entrance of parliament over the previous three days.

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