The constitutional amendments for the country’s new name to take effect are heading toward finalization. So far, the 80 votes which are necessary for this process have not yet been secured, however, January 15 will be decisive for this. A part of the media in Skopje reports that according to parliament’s sources, the necessary votes have been secured and by Friday, the country is expected to have a new name, North Macedonia.
Former ambassador to NATO, Nano Ruzin says that he’s optimistic that constitutional amendments will be voted and that the Prespes agreement will be successfully implemented. He says that VMRO-DPMNE in Skopje and Nea Democratia in Athens are playing the same game in order to gain political credits from this process.
“In Greece, Nea Democratia is declaring that it does not accept the agreement and the same thing is being done by VMRO-DPMNE in Skopje. But these political parties have nothing to offer about this agreement”, Ruzin says, adding that the agreement will be approved in Skopje by all Albanian opposition parties, which cannot condition this process.
Meanwhile, the head of the NATO’s office in Skopje, Zoran Jankovic is also optimistic.
“Parliament must decide in favour of taking this key step for the country’s accession in the NATO. NATO’s Secretary General has often said that this is crucial for the country’s integration”, Jankovic says.
Meanwhile, protests have been announced by several Macedonian organizations against the country’s name change. /ibna/