North Macedonia’s opposition leader vows to challenge Prespa Agreement if elected

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In 2018, the Prespa Agreement was signed, changing the name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to North Macedonia. This agreement allegedly settled a dispute with Greece over the name of North Macedonia.

Now, ahead of North Macedonia’s elections on May 8, the leader of the country’s main opposition party, Hristijan Mickoski, said that if he is elected prime minister, he would refer to the country solely as ‘Macedonia’.

Mickoski leads the right-wing party VMRO-DPMNE.

“For me, Macedonia is and will remain Macedonia. My ancestors would be proud of me for what I do for my people and my country,” Mickoski stated.

Alex Tsipras and Zoran Zaev
In 2021, then-Greek and North Macedonian leaders, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, were awarded the Westphalia Peace Prize for the Prespa Agreement.

During a televised debate on Wednesday, the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party (SDSM), Dimitar Kovacevski, expressed his concerns over Mickoski’s refusal to use the country’s constitutional name.

Mr Kovacevski said this refusal may potentially lead to problems with the 2018 Prespa Agreement.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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