Greece's right-wing defense minister on Sunday announced his resignation ahead of a planned vote to end a decades-long name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Greece will hold parliamentary elections in October. Tsipras's Syriza party has 145 seats and also the support of one independent lawmaker.
Macedonia's parliament ratified the name change deal on Friday, but it will not go into effect until Athens does the same. A Greek government spokeswoman said the timeline for possible North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ratification will be clarified next week.
The newspaper, however, noted that there are now difficulties in the Greek parliament, which also needs to ratify the Prespa agreement.
The weird political row centres around the tiny country of Macedonia's new name - the Republic of North Macedonia.
ANEL leader Kammenos has long promised to reject the Prespes Agreement but several of his MPs have said publicly they will support it, generating new internal break-up scenarios each day.
In June 2018, Greece and Macedonia inked Prespa Agreement, which requires Macedonia to change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia and Greece to drop its objection to Macedonia joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and becoming a member of the European Union. "I met with the prime minister".
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he will ask for a vote of confidence in Parliament this week after the country's defence minister, who leads the coalition government's junior party, resigned over the Macedonia name deal.
The main opposition New Democracy party, widely favoured to win the next elections whenever they are held this year, has said it will block the deal which it faults over its treatment of the "Macedonian" nationality question.
"If anything, the exit of Kammenos helps clear some of the uncertainty of the last few days which were marred by his backpedaling", said Mujtaba Rahman, managing director at Eurasia Group in London.
The resignation of Panos Kammenos clouded the future of the coalition government months before national elections.
"Our parliament found the strength but it wasn't easy".
Athens also vetoed Macedonia's attempt to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 2008 and the European Union. "But I am convinced that the Greek parliament will also find the strength to make the decision", he said.
With campaigning under way for an election that isn't due until September, polls suggest an early vote might hasten a shift of power to the center-right opposition, New Democracy. It included Greek and Slavic areas and was split into three administrative units, but the concept of Macedonia persisted.
Present-day Macedonia and northern Greece were part of a Roman province called Macedonia and both claim the heritage of Alexander the Great two millennia earlier.
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