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Kathimerini Publishes Minutes from Leaders’ Meetings in Macedonia

Under the title “Minutes of FYROM Leaders’ Deliberations” the Greek daily Kathimerini published Tuesday extensive extracts from the minutes of the two meetings of Macedonia’s political party leaders, held on 27 January 2018 and 19 May 2018, about the negotiations with Greece before the name deal was signed later in June. In several texts dedicated to the leaders’ meeting, Kathimerini ...

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SEC Publishes Final Results

The State Election Commission (SEC) has confirmed that total 666,743 citizens voted at the referendum which accounts for 36.91 % of the registered voters. The institution that organized the referendum noted that all records had been processed and the referendum question was affirmatively answered by 609,813 voters – 91.46 %, whereas 37,700 voters – 5.65 % were against. 19,221 votes, ...

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Initial Referendum Results

The State Election Commission informs that out of 3,464 processed polling stations of total 3,513 i.e. 86.42 % of referendum votes, total 661,393 people i.e. 36.87 % voted at the referendum out of all registered voters in Macedonia. Of them 605,016 voted in favour and 37,312 people voted against accepting the name agreement with Greece for the country’s joining the ...

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President Ivanov Addresses UN General Assembly

In his speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov told his compatriots that it is their right to vote in the referendum, not their obligation. “In accordance with Article 7, Item 3 of the Referendum Law, ‘no one shall be held responsible for voting or not voting in a referendum’. Every citizen has the right ...

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Tsipras: Prespa Agreement to resolve nearly Three Decade Long Issue

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that Greece has “turned the page” after eight years of austerity and economic depression during his speech at the annual Concordia Summit in New York. Referring to the Prespa agreement between Greece and Macedonia, he said that it would help make the Balkans “a region of peace and stability.” Tsipras said the two countries ...

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PM Zaev: One Amendment to Change four Items in Constitution

In the capacity of guest at TV Telma show Top Tema, PM Zoran Zaev said four things will change in the constitution through adoption of a single amendment in agreement with the Prespa deal. The first change, he said, is adding the geographic modifier; the second is in the Preamble by strengthening the constitutive elements of the statehood through ASNOM, ...

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FM Dimitrov on Prespa Agreement Aspects

We have matured as society to face the reality – the road to EU and NATO leads through the agreement with Greece on the name and this is the reality. All world leaders starting from NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg to German Chancellor Angela Merkel have noted there is no plan B for a seat on the table where they ...

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President Ivanov Launches Visit to USA

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov delivered a lecture at the prestigious Wayne State University in Detroit during his working visit to the United States. Ivanov, who was announced as a supporter of the principles of market economy and political pluralism, spoke on the topic “Birth of a New World: Challenges and Opportunities for Generations Y, Z, and Alpha,” Ivanov’s Cabinet said ...

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PM Zaev meets US Vice-President Pence in Washington

PM Zoran Zaev paid an official visit to the United States on Thursday, where he met US Vice-President Mike Pence. As reported by the Macedonian government, Zaev and Pence spoke about the upcoming referendum on the Prespa Agreement in Macedonia, and the country’s integration in NATO. Zaev introduced Pence to all activities the government conducts concerning the 30 September referendum. ...

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Constitutional court Dismisses Initiative for Annulling Referendum

With 7 votes “against” and 2 “for”, the Constitutional Court decided that there are no constitutional obstacles regarding the process for announcing the referendum on September 30. The initiative was endorsed and championed by the constitutional court judge, Elena Goseva, proposing a procedure be launched involving the decision to schedule a referendum and to put a timely measure in place ...

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