FYROM’s parliament voted to support the government motion to start the procedure for amending the constitution to change the country’s name, required under the historic Prespa Agreement with Greece.
With 80 votes in favour and 39 against, the House accepted the amendments provided in the deal signed with Greeve in the summer on the name dispute.
Out of 48 MPs from the opposition VMRO DPMNE-led coalition, eight voted in favour, which was crucial for the motion to be passed.
The voting took place after a day of inter-party deliberations conducted behind closed doors and marked by high tensions and uncertainty.
In the background of the process there were allegations of buy-offs of VMRO MPs, along with threats against MPs and their families if they voted against the amendments.