90% back Macedonia name change: Partial referendum results

By AFP
Published: October 1, 2018
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Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev gives a press conference on the referendum to re-name Macedonia in Skopje, on September 30, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev gives a press conference on the referendum to re-name Macedonia in Skopje, on September 30, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

SKOPJE: The vast majority of voters in Sunday referendum in Macedonia supported the plan to rename the country and thereby end a decades-long spat with Greece, partial results showed.

With ballots from 43 percent of polling stations counted, 90.72 percent of votes were in favour of the name changing to North Macedonia, compared to 6.26 percent opposing the move, according to the electoral commission’s official count.

However, the vote was marred by a low turnout, with only a third of the electorate voting.

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