File Photo: FYROMian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses members of the parliament at the beginning of the parliamentary session on changing the state's constitution in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) EPA, GEORGI LICOVSKI

Skopje lawmakers approve constitutional revision: Zoran Zaev, found the absolute majority

The Parliament in neighbouring FYROM approved a revision the country’s constitution in accordance with the Prespes Agreement signed with Greece in a vote held late on Friday.

FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev succeeded in getting the minimum 80 votes required to pass his proposal, extracting eight votes from the opposition and successfully concluding the first phase of the process.

These amendments include a change in the country name to “ Republic of North Macedonia”, which is part of the agreement signed between Skopje and Athens in Prespa in June this year.

MPs initially voted electronically, but afterwards VMRO-DPMNE’s whip insisted that MPs vote individually. In both voting stages the governing coalition managed to secure eight extra votes from the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, securing 80 out of a total 117 votes.

Once the change in the country’s name takes place, its path to joining NATO and ultimately the European Union lies open.

Source: ANA-MPA

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