Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a no-confidence movement in parliament on Saturday, setting the stage for the signing of a historic accord with neighboring Macedonia to settle an extended dispute over the latter’s identify.
The movement introduced by the opposition New Democracy occasion was rejected by 153 MPs, with 127 in favor. Political opponents had accused Tsipras of constructing too many concessions over the deal, because of be signed on Sunday.
Hundreds of Greeks protested outdoors parliament in opposition to the accord with Macedonia, calling for Tsipras to resign. Police used stun grenades and tear fuel to stop them from getting into the constructing.
“This can be a deal I imagine that each Greek prime minister would need,” Tsipras informed the chamber earlier.
Had he misplaced, the leftist elected in 2015 would have needed to relinquish his mandate to the nation’s president, signalling early elections. He’s already trailing centre-right New Democracy in opinion polls.
Greece had been in dispute with Macedonia since 1991 over the previous Yugoslav republic’s identify, arguing it may suggest territorial claims over the Greek province of Macedonia and an appropriation of historical Greek tradition and civilization.
The topic is a deeply emotional one for a lot of Greeks. On Saturday, protesters outdoors the parliament constructing shouted “traitor, traitor!” as lawmakers debated inside.
“I am simply livid,” stated Theologos Ambotis, 69, a monk. “Conceding on the identify is conceding on territory. Macedonia and Alexander the Nice is Greek historical past and tradition, and they’re simply giving it away to Skopje.”
Below the phrases of the accord, the nation shall be often known as “Republic of North Macedonia” and Greece will raise its objections to the renamed nation becoming a member of the European Union and the NATO navy alliance.