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Zaev has secured majority to ratify constitutional changes

The government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has secured the parliamentary majority required to finalize the four constitutional amendments that will change the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to North Macedonia, a ruling party spokesman cited by MIA news agency reported on Friday.

Zaev says bill on constitutional revision ready by end of week

The government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will submit the draft legislation revising the country's constitution by the end of the week, Prime Minister Zorav Zaev said on Monday, according to MIA news agency.

The changes are part of a deal struck with Athens last June to change the country's name to North Macedonia, ending a 27-year-old name dispute.

FYROM army officers fire warning shots to stop migrants at Greek border

An army patrol of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reportedly fired warning shots in the air at the country's border with Greece on Wednesday to stop a group of migrants from crossing it, MIA news agency reported.

According to a press release by FYROM's army, cited by MIA, the soldiers "vocally warned the group on several occassions, but they ignmored the calls."

Warning shots fired at Macedonia-Greece border

According to local media, one migrant was arrested and turned over to the police, while others returned to the territory of Greece.

The Macedonian Army said in a press release that the incident happened when one of its patrols detected a group of migrants illegally crossing the border near the regional road Gevgelija-Moin.

Macedonia to hold referendum on name deal with Greece

Macedonian citizens will vote on whether to change the name of their country to "North Macedonia" - i.e., support an agreement reached with Greece after a multi-decade dispute.

According to the latest polls, most of those who said they would vote will circle "yes" - but it remains uncertain whether the turnout will reach the necessary minimum of 50 percent of voters.

French ambassador to FYROM says 'choice is between North Macedonia and North Korea'

French Ambassador to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Christian Thimonier has urged the people of the Balkan country to approve the name change deal in the September 30 referendum, saying that "the choice is between North Macedonia and North Korea."

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