VMRO-DPMNE presidential nominee Gordana Siljanovska told the citizens of Radovis that she will not be using the name “Republic of North Macedonia”, imposed on Macedonia with the Prespa treaty. The opposition presidential nominee is a critic of the treaty, which was rejected by the voters who largely boycotted the referendum to approve it, and was later imposed on the Parliament by means of blackmail.

You can take my word for it, I will not be using that name. Our grandmothers and grandfathers were being forced to change their names, and they were prepared to endure torture, but would not give up. We have inherited our name and we have a centuries old obligation to preserve it and hand it down to the next generations, Siljanovska said.