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Deputies agree historic name change for Macedonia

AFP  |  Skopje 

Macedonian deputies voted Friday to change the country's name to "the Republic of North Macedonia", settling a decades-long row with and paving the way to and EU membership.

said 81 MPs had voted in favour of the name change in the 120-seat chamber, securing the required two-thirds majority.

However, the ball is now in as the name change will be effective only once it is cleared by the has promised to lift its veto on Skopje's attempts to join and the European Union, once changed its name.

has blocked that path since broke away from the former in 1991 because, it says, the name should apply solely to its own northern province.

For the Greeks, Macedonia evokes national pride as the cradle of Alexander the Great's ancient empire, a heritage that they guard jealously.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 00:25 IST