The Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Social Democrats, Zoran Zaev (l) and Stevo Pendarovski (r) presidential candidate greet their supporters during the central electoral rally for the Presidential election in front of the EU info center in Skopje, Sunday.
The Prespes accord has emerged as a hot issue in North Macedonia’s upcoming presidential election.
Center-left candidate Stevo Pendarovski defended the name change at a campaign rally in the capital of Skopje on Sunday. He reminded the rally crowd that it was part of a deal with Greece that paves the way for NATO membership.
Conservative candidate Siljanovska Davkova blamed the current government for the “painful” name change on Saturday and accused it of corruption and nepotism.
North Macedonia and Greece reached a deal last year to end an almost three-decade dispute over the Baklan country’s name. The name change was one of the deal terms.
The election is April 21. North Macedonia’s prime minister is head of government, the president is head of state. [AP]