Macedonian leader announces referendum question over name change

Macedonian leader announces referendum question over name change

Macedonia’s prime minister has announced the question his country’s citizens will face in a referendum this autumn on a recent deal with Greece changing the country’s name to North Macedonia.

Zoran Zaev said after a meeting with political party leaders that the question will be: “Are you in favour of membership in the European Union and Nato by accepting the deal between the Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Greece?”

Mr Zaev said the referendum will be “consultative”, a possibility allowed for under the country’s law for such votes, but added that “the people’s say will be final for all political parties”.

The leader of the main conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, Hristijan Mickoski, walked out of the meeting, demanding another round of talks.

More discussions are planned.

- Press Association

More in this Section

UK-built spacecraft designed to explore the sun leaves for launch siteUK-built spacecraft designed to explore the sun leaves for launch site

Mexican president defends retreat in Guzman cartel shootoutMexican president defends retreat in Guzman cartel shootout

Macron piles pressure on MPs to back Brexit deal by hinting at no further delaysMacron piles pressure on MPs to back Brexit deal by hinting at no further delays

Scientists hope enzyme discovery could help prevent deadly infectionsScientists hope enzyme discovery could help prevent deadly infections


Lifestyle

Mountaintop monasteries, vicious-looking vultures, and a seriously impressive cable car.As Ryanair launches flights to Armenia, here’s why it deserves to be your next holiday destination

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra played a storming gig at Cork Opera House, writes Des O'Driscoll Live Music Review: Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Concerns about people’s ability to access their own money have been growing – here’s what the debate is all about.Are we actually going to end up as a cashless society?

Esther N McCarthy mixes it up with spins on kitchen classics, Munster-based design news plus an absolute diamond of a poufMade in Munster: Wish list of the best products in the province

More From The Irish Examiner