FYROM opposition leader urges PM to drop renaming deal

FYROM opposition leader urges PM to drop renaming deal

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.


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