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Parliament Committee adopts gov’t motion for constitutional revision (UPD)

Parliament Committee adopts gov’t motion for constitutional revision (UPD)

Skopje, 12 October 2018 (MIA) – 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-third majority is necessary for the Parliament to launch the legal procedure for amending the constitutional, Speaker Talat Xhaferi said after today’s debate on the government’s motion.

The plenary session over the motion for constitutional revision is scheduled for Monday.

At today’s debate, the MPs of ruling and opposition failed to iron their differences on the motion for constitutional revision.

Over 25 MPs representing the opposition are aware of and ready to take the responsibility for this process, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said at the Committee’s session earlier today.

‘Ultimately the voting procedure will take place. We bear enormous responsibility we should live with. I’ve made decisions, taken the responsibility and stand ready to live with it,’ Zaev said.

Opposition GROM MP Panco Minov suggested for the international use of the name - The Republic of North Macedonia – to start when the Greek Parliament would ratify the Protocol for Macedonia’s accession to NATO. He also suggested for the new name to be not used at home until completion of Macedonia’s EU accession process under the Union’s criteria.

PM Zaev expressed readiness to review all suggestions and possibilities.

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov once again listed the benefits of the name deal with Greece, saying that it preserves the Macedonian identity.

‘We are joining NATO as Macedonians; kick off the EU accession talks next June. However we still have a lot to do that effect. The responsibility for both supporting and discarding this process is enormous,’ Dimitrov said, appealing to MPS to make up their mind about how they would vote on the motion.

VMRO-DPMNE Ilija Dimovski voiced belief that the process would go down the drain, saying that the government bears greater responsibility than the opposition for such outcome. lk/20:20

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