The Macedonian Parliament will begin a procedure for a vote of no confidence in Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, who the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party accuses of giving up on Macedonian national interests with the Prespa Agreement he signed with Greece. Dimitrov faces the vote particularly because he referred to Macedonians opposed to the name change, who are a significant majority of the country, as people who “have issues”.

Another item on the agenda will be the procedure to collect 150.000 signatures in order to hold a new referendum on the name change. The referendum in September 2018, which asked the citizens if they approve the name change, EU and NATO membership with a yes or no answer available, failed after only 36 percent of the registered voters showed up. The Government implemented the name change anyway. The new proposal, initiated by the World Macedonian Congress, would ask the citizens only one question – whether they approve changing the name of the country into North Macedonia.

The VMRO-DPMNE group in Parliament will also submit a request to dismiss the Parliament and call early elections along with the presidential elections expected in late April and early May. Under the so-called Przino agreement, if the ruling SDSM and DUI parties accept the challenge, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and some of his key ministers would have to resign and the vacant departments would be filled with VMRO-DPMNE nominees.