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Macedonia Prepares for Name Change


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Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:07 GMT

Authorities in the Republic of Macedonia began on February 11th removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for the country's new name: North Macedonia.

As reported by AP, "Government of the Republic of Macedonia" signs were removed from the country's main government building in the capital Skopje. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is scheduled to speak at a ceremony on February 12th at the site, where organizers said the Nato flag is due to be raised. 

The small Balkan country will change its name to North Macedonia after reaching a landmark agreement over the summer with neighbouring Greece, which has a neighbouring province also called Macedonia. 

Macedonia is due to become a Nato member now that Greece's parliament approved a measure that would allow the country to join the alliance. Greece had blocked Macedonia's accession to Nato for more than a decade over the name issue. 

Macedonia will now publish the deal with Greece in its government gazette so that the agreement can take effect. 

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Macedonia's conservative opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, Naum Stoilkovski said, "The government building has been left with no official sign - it's an embarrassing action by the prime minister. The Republic of Macedonia has been dishonoured and disfigured."