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Macedonian Parliament Approves New Name For The Country As Demanded By Greece : NPR



People gather outside the parliament building in Macedonia to protest the change of name of the country in northern Macedonia.

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People gather outside the parliament building in Macedonia to protest the change of name of the country in northern Macedonia.

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The Macedonian parliament approved the modification of the name of the country in northern Macedonia, appeasing Greece and bringing the country closer to NATO.

The change is the result of a dispute between Macedonia and Greece on the history and national identity that lasted 27 years.

Eighty-one of the 120 Macedonian parliamentarians voted on Friday to approve a constitutional amendment to change the name of the country, reports Joanna Kakissis's NPR from Athens. The remaining opposition lawmakers remained outside in protest, according to reports from the Associated Press.

Change will not be official until the Greek parliament approves it.