Macedonia parliament votes to start name change process:
Macedonia’s parliament has voted to begin the constitutional procedure formally changing the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia.
Two-thirds of the chamber – 80 of 120 deputies – backed the start of the process, the requisite majority to begin the move.
Several more votes will follow before the switch is confirmed.
In June, the country reached a deal with Greece on the name after 27 years of talks.
Greece had vetoed Macedonia’s bids to join Nato and the European Union, fearing claims on its northern region of the same name.
The country said it would no longer block such moves if the name change went ahead.
Greece must also back the name change should Macedonia formally change its constitution.