Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov has refused to sign the law ratifying the agreement with Greece on the name of the former Yugoslav republic once again on Friday.
The law was adopted by parliament for a second time of Thursday after Ivanov refused to sign it the first time.
The president said that the change of the country’s name from its official name Republic of Macedonia to Republic of North Macedonia runs counter to the constitution. A press release from the president’s cabinet said that Ivanov would not change his view on the name issue regardless of pressure, blackmail and threats.
Under the Macedonian constitution, the president can refuse to sign a law once but cannot refuse when it is adopted by parliament a second time. The constitution does not specify a deadline by which the president has to sign a law.
The Prime Ministers of Macedonia and Greece, Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras signed the agreement to change the name of the former Yugoslav republic in mid-June ending the decades long dispute over the name Macedonia.