Macedonia’s constitutional court docket has rejected two bids to declare unlawful and unconstitutional the upcoming referendum on renaming the nation “North Macedonia.”
The vote on Sept. 30 has been hailed by western officers as a significant probability for the small Balkan nation to launch the method of becoming a member of NATO and the European Union.
Judges voted 7-2 on Wednesday to reject the 2 bids, filed by the World Macedonian Congress, a Skopje-based diaspora group, and the small, left-wing Levitsa get together.
Renaming Macedonia is a key aspect of a cope with neighboring Greece to finish a decades-old dispute. Greece says Macedonia’s present title implies claims by itself northern province of Macedonia, and on its historical heritage.
If the deal goes forward, Greece will elevate objections to Macedonia becoming a member of NATO and the EU.