According to a news report by Kathimerini, the President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Gjorge Ivanov has once again called his country’s parliamentarians to reject the name deal with Greece.

Ivanov’s calls come only two weeks before the vote in Skopje Parliament which Prime Minister Zoran Zaev hopes will ratify the name deal with Greece, the so-called Prespes Agreement, which he signed with Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier this year.

For the deal to proceed, Zaev needs the support of the minimum 80 MPs in order that it be formally ratified, something he genuinely believes will be possible to achieve.

The renaming the country “Republic of North Macedonia,” must be ratified by FYROM’s lawmakers before the January 15 deadline, with Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi on Thursday saying that the process will commence on January 9.

“Judging from experience, the process will not take more than five or six days,” Xhaferi was quoted by the state-run MIA news agency as saying.

“However, bearing in mind that the opposition has already announced that it will abstain, it is likely that it will be completed even sooner.”


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