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Two-thirds majority uncertain, motion for constitutional revision in parliament today

The plenary session over the motion for constitutional revision is scheduled to be held Monday in the Parliament.

Members of the Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Issues adopted Friday the government’s motion for constitutional revision stemming from the Prespa Agreement by 10 votes ‘for’ and seven ‘against’. The Committee also tasked the government to draft and submit the constitutional amendments to the Parliament in 15 days.

A two-thirds majority is necessary for the Parliament to launch the legal procedure for amending the constitution.

The proposal for amending the constitution includes the adjective North in the name Republic of Macedonia throughout the text of the Constitution before the word Macedonia. Changes to the Constitution’s preamble are also proposed so as to align it with the Prespa Agreement and to change two articles. The preamble, in the section for statehood and legal traditions, will contain concrete documents adopted at the Anti-fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM) and proposal that will champion observance of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of the neighboring countries, thus strengthening the guarantee for the existing borders and declaring that Macedonia has no territorial ambitions.

The Republic of Macedonia parliament faces a vote that will either approve a deal opening the way to NATO and EU entry or trigger early elections.

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party said that the constitutional changes were discussed and that their deputies will not vote. They announced they are preparing for elections.

Ahead of the parliament voting on constitutional revision, Zaev pointed out that the realization of the vision for the country’s future, which enjoys the support of vast majority of citizens, is now in the hands of each and every member of the Parliament.

US Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, expressing his support in this significant moment for the country, the government said in a press release. In the letter Pence says he was honored to meet PM Zaev on 20 September at the White House and highly appreciated the possibility to share opinions on the implementation of the historic Prespa Agreement with Greece.

Pence also commended the demonstration of leadership in reaching the deal, pointing out that 90 percent of those who voted in the referendum gave their approval to the Prespa Agreement, thus confirming the immense commitment to Macedonia’s European future.

‘The US shares your commitment to greater security and stability of the region. Rest assured in my continual support in this significant moment for your country,’ Pence says, voicing expectation for further advancing of the friendly relations between the two countries.

The Prespa Agreement is a unique opportunity for reconciliation and resolving of a two decade-long dispute between Skopje and Athens, and it may never happen again, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini says in an interview with MIA.

I understand the sensitivity and complexity of the historic background of the dispute, as well as the expressed concerns. The dispute hasn’t lasted for so long without a reason, but as we saw in the past, as the time goes on it is harder to find solutions. The negotiating process must have been painful and a compromise is the result. But it is a compromise that meets the key interests of both parties. Our position is clear: EU fully supports the reached agreement. This is a unique opportunity for reconciliation in the Western Balkans, which may never happen again. I hope all parties will seize the moment and ensure a future within the EU for the country, a future the entire nation has been hoping for years to become reality, Mogherini said.