Mace­do­nia nam­ing deal

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

MACE­DO­NIA has ful­filled its part of a his­toric deal that will pave its way to NATO membership and nor­malise re­la­tions with neigh­bour­ing Greece, after law­mak­ers ap­proved con­sti­tu­tional changes to re­name the coun­try North Mace­do­nia.

The move was hailed by NATO and the Euro­pean Union, which had lob­bied for Mace­do­nia to back the agree­ment de­spite strong crit­i­cism from the coun­try’s main opposition party, and by Greece’s prime min­is­ter, who has in­vested heav­ily in the deal. All 81 Mace­do­nian law­mak­ers present for the vote backed the con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments.

The re­main­ing 39 opposition law­mak­ers stayed away.

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