Prespa Agreement Parliamentary Vote Expected on Thursday Night



The Greek Parliament. File photo

The Parliamentary debate on the Prespa Agreement began on Wednesday morning, with the final vote projected to take place late Thursday night.

As the state-run AMNA news agency reports, the vote is expected to be taken after midnight, in the early hours of Friday.

According to many Greek media, the main opposition center-right New Democracy (ND) Party could force a no-confidence motion on the government, in order to stop the debate on the Prespa Agreement and delay the vote.

The New Democracy leadership has not confirmed this yet. However, they state that they ”will do whatever they can to stop the Prespa Agreement from being voted (on)”.

The Agreement does not need 151 votes, which is the absolute majority in the 300-seat Greek Parliament, in order to be ratified by the plenary.

However, the Agreement is expected to secure the absolute majority or at least come very close to that number.

For his part, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made it clear that his government would like the Prespa Agreeement to be ratified by at least 151 votes.

The Agreement was approved by the Greek parliament’s Standing Committee of National Defense and Foreign Affairs on Tuesday evening.

The discussion and processing of the legislation to ratify the agreement, signed by Greece and FYROM, which would permanently change the name of FYROM to “North Macedonia”, began on Monday afternoon.

With information from AMNA