Name deal sparks acrimony in Greece, FYROM

President rejects renaming Macedonia amid protests

President rejects renaming Macedonia amid protests

However, the deal has triggered strong criticism from opposition parties in both countries and Macedonia's president has said he will not sign it.

In Macedonia, the prime minister has said he will put the deal to a referendum in the fall, whereas a public vote has been ruled out in Greece. It is unclear, however, whether his objections to the Macedonia name deal would lead him to bring down the government by voting against Tsipras in a no-confidence motion.

Greek conservative New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary session, where he submitted a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in row over a deal on neighbouring Macedonia's name, in Athens, Greece, June 14, 2018.

The Macedonian government then reacted to this to say that Ivanov "failed to rise above his weakness and see the perspectives opening for the country following the agreement between Macedonia and Greece", and that "citizens, rather than the president, decide on the future of Macedonia". Such a refusal would delay the implementation of the deal, which is expected to be signed this weekend.

Ivanov said the deal is "detrimental and unique in the history of mankind, violating the Constitution and the laws, undignified and reached in a non-transparent way". "I will not legalize political illegal agreements".

If Mr Ivanov refuses, parliament would be asked to vote again.

Kammenos said before the deal was announced that he would oppose the agreement in a parliamentary vote, which would leave Tsipras dependent on support from political opponents to ratify it in parliament. If approved for a second time, the president would be obligated to sign it regardless of his own beliefs.

Up to 1,500 people held a peaceful protest while chanting "traitors" outside Macedonia's parliament in Skopje late Wednesday. Greek opponents of the deal were planning a protest in Athens Friday, when Tsipras is set to brief parliament on details of the deal.

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