Macedonian president refuses to sign law on country’s name change

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BELGRADE (Reuters) – Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov refused on Tuesday to sign an agreement on changing the name of the Former Yugoslav republic, saying it violated the constitution.

FILE PHOTO – Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

In a statement quoted by the state-run agency MIA, Ivanov said he had “no mandate to sign the agreement”.

This month the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia agreed to rename the tiny ex-Yugoslav republic the “Republic of North Macedonia.”

Reporting by Ivana Sekularac; editing by John Stonestreet

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