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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:21 PM

Macedonia parliament agrees to change country's name

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS JANUARY 11, 2019 / 12:58 PM / UPDATED 32 MINUTES AGO

Macedonia parliament agrees to change country's name

Kole Casule
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SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia’s parliament passed an amendment to the constitution on Friday to rename the country Republic of North Macedonia, in line with an agreement with Greece to put an end to a 27-year-old dispute.

The countries struck the deal on the new name in June, but Macedonia will start using it only after the parliament in Athens also ratifies the agreement.

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

“A new historical chapter in our statehood has been written this evening,” the Macedonian government said in a statement.

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