The leader of the main opposition party in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has urged the left-wing government to call early elections and to give up on a deal that would change the country’s name in exchange for the chance to fulfill its NATO ambitions.
Hristijan Mickoski, head of the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, also called on Sunday for a caretaker government to be installed until after the elections, which would take place in late November.
An overwhelming majority of FYROM citizens who voted in a September 30 referendum endorsed changing the country’s name to "Republic of North Macedonia." However, the referendum didn’t attract the required voter turnout for a valid result.
FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev hopes to force the deal through parliament, but the ruling coalition lacks the two-thirds majority needed to complete the next step – a constitutional amendment.