06:43 GMT +324 October 2018
Listen Live
    Macedonian flag in front of the government building in Skopje, Macedonia (File)

    Turnout at Macedonia Referendum Amounts to 36.36% After 91% Votes Counted

    © AP Photo / Boris Grdanoski
    Europe
    Get short URL
    6175

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Macedonia's name consultative referendum has failed to secure the necessary 50-percent turnout in order to make the vote valid and after counting data from over 91 percent of polling stations, the turnout amounted to 36.36 percent, the State Election Commission said.

    According to the commission, 91.41 percent of voters supported renaming the country under the deal with Greece, while 5.70 percent voted against.

    Greece and Macedonia, officially known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, have been entangled in a naming dispute for years, with Athens opposing the use of "Macedonia," which is also the name of a region in Greece. An agreement on the new name for Macedonia was signed by Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias on June 17.

    On Sunday, a referendum on the deal to change the ex-Yugoslav republic's name to the Republic of North Macedonia was held in the country.

    Related:

    Macedonia Referendum Preliminary Result: Renaming Supported By 90.83% of Voters
    Leaders of Macedonia's Largest Opposition Party Refuse to Vote in Referendum
    NATO Pressure, Opposition Boycott: What's at Stake in Macedonia Name Change Vote
    Albanian Prime Minister Urges Macedonia's Albanians to Support Renaming Deal
    History of Macedonia Naming Dispute
    National Referendum on Macedonia Name Change to Be Held on Sunday
    Tags:
    turnout, vote counting, referendum, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment