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The Republic of Macedonia has decided to change its . It agreed on Friday to rename the country the Republic of North Macedonia. The name is the of a 27-year dispute with Greece. Macedonia declared in 1991 after the break-up of the country Yugoslavia. It became a of the United Nations in 1993, but its name caused an with Greece. Greece's largest is also called Macedonia. The Greek government said it owned the name "Macedonia". Greece blocked its neighbor's attempts to join the EU and NATO over the of the name "Macedonia". Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said the name change would, "open the doors to the ".

The name change comes after a of talks between Macedonia and Greece. Just over 67 per cent of in Macedonia's parliament voted for the name change. Eighty-one MPs voted in of the name change in the 120-seat parliament. Opposition politicians, who opposed the agreement with Greece, boycotted the . Several people protested against the in front of Macedonia's parliament over the three days. An opposition leader was angry over the talks to change the country's name. He said: "Look how , how openly, this trade is going on with Macedonia's name and - just like at a market stall." The next step is for Greece to agree to the change.

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