Parliament adopts Draft-Amendments for Constitutional Changes

The Parliament of Macedonia adopted on Sunday the Draft-amendments number XXXIII and XXXIV for changes to the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia. The amendment number XXXIII was adopted with 67 votes in favour, 23 against and 4 abstaining from voting, while the amendment number XXXIV was adopted with 65 votes in favour, 18 against and 8 abstaining from voting. The amendments for constitutional changes are the core principles of the Prespa Agreement between Macedonia and Greece for change of the constitutional name of Macedonia and its integration in NATO and EU. Amendment number XXXIII officially changes the country’s name from “Republic of Macedonia” into “Republic of North Macedonia” in the Constitution; the amendment number XXXIV changes the words in the preamble of the Constitution from “decisions of ASNOM” to “The proclamation of the first assembly of ASNOM” and adds the Ohrid Framework Agreement to the preamble. The final and complete implementation of these and the other two amendments predicted by the Prespa Agreement is to occur after the Government of Macedonia files the report on the implementation of these amendments, after which the Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi is to schedule a session in the following 30 days for final adoption of the amendments, for which a 2/3 majority is compulsory.