Greek PM Tsipras survives confidence vote over Macedonia name deal

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends a parliamentary session in Athens, Greece, 16 June 2018. Symbol copyright EPA Symbol caption Greek High Minister Alexis Tsipras has agreed a take care of Macedonia over its identify

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has survived a no-confidence vote over the deal his government made to settle a reputation dispute with Macedonia.

It was once tabled by means of the country’s primary opposition birthday celebration, New Democracy, but was rejected by 153 votes to 127.

The consequence paves the way in which for an historical signing rite on Sunday.

Mr Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev have agreed that Greece’s neighbour shall be renamed the Republic of North Macedonia.

The intention of the deal was to distinguish it from a province in northern Greece often known as Macedonia.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the agreement

So could the modification be stopped?

Sure, the settlement will have to overcome a couple of hindrances prior to it goes through.

Macedonia’s parliament will first need to again the deal. that would be followed by a referendum in September or October.

If citizens there enhance it, the federal government could must modification the constitution that’s a key Greek demand.

Things have been sophisticated further as Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov is refusing to signal the agreement.

He has the facility to veto the deal – however now not indefinitely.

Image copyright EPA Symbol caption The Macedonian president has the ability to veto the title deal

If he refuses to signal it, it will be sent back to parliament for a second vote. If it passes once more, President Ivanov might then be obliged to approve the legislation.

The deal will after all have to be ratified by means of the Greek parliament, a procedure which may additionally now not be simple.

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