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Authorities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have begun removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for its new name: North Macedonia.
"Government of the Republic of Macedonia" signs were removed from the country's main government building early Monday in the capital Skopje.
With Athens notifying the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Monday of its ratification of both the Prespes Agreement and the NATO Accession Protocol, the neighboring country must start fulfilling its obligations by putting up 'North Macedonia' signs, in place of the old 'Macedonia' ones.
On January 25, 2019 the Greek Parliament narrowly approved the Prespes agreement, establishing closer relations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), now North Macedonia. The vote was preceded and followed by multitudinous demonstrations at Syntagma Square, where orators roused the crowds to a frenzy of nationalistic fervor.
The Greek parliament is expected to be the first of any NATO member state to ratify Macedonia's NATO accession protocol on Friday, at a plenary session that is expected to end in a positive vote.
The accession protocol for soon-to-be North Macedonia is expected to be backed by much the same number of MPs that approved the historic "name" deal with Macedonia in January.
Thanassis Papachristopoulos, a deputy of the nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL), will reportedly relinquish his seat in Parliament on Friday, after lawmakers vote on the crucial NATO accession protocol of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia which will complete Greece's ratification process, Kathimerini has learned.