Macedonia president refuses to sign Greece name deal

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov is refusing to sign the name deal between Athens and Skopje that will rename Macedonia “North Macedonia.” Ivanov’s refusal to sign the agreement is forcing the Macedonian parliament to vote for it again, which at that point, would legally require Ivanov to sign the deal. However, Ivanov is not faced with a signing deadline, and he could possibly stall the name agreement over the course of his term, which expires early next year, Balkan Insight reports. Meanwhile, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev has opted to gamble his post on the deal, announcing he will resign if the planned referendum on the name agreement does not succeed. Zaev predicted that 75-85% of Macedonian voters will approve the agreement in the referendum.


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