Greek Parliament Set to Approve Prespa Accord



The Greek government is expected on Thursday night to secure ratification for the Prespa accord signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Although a wide range of Greek political parties, from the far-right Golden Dawn to the communists, oppose the accord to rename FYROM, the government has secured the support of several lawmakers to push it through parliament.

Apart from the 145 SYRIZA M.P.’s, Tsipras can also rely on the votes of three M.P.’s from the centrist Potami Party – Stavros Theodorakis, Giorgos Mavrotas and Spyros Lykoudis. He is also banking on support from Independent Greeks (ANEL) M.P. Thanasis Papachristopoulos and Elena Kountoura, the ex-ANEL tourism minister, along with independent M.P.’s Spyros Danellis and Thanasis Theoharopoulos.

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on his M.P.’s to denounce the “bad” agreement, accusing the government of surrendering “Macedonian identity and language” to its neighbor.

Greek opponents of the deal plan to protest outside parliament Thursday night to defend the “Greekness” of Macedonia.

Earlier on Thursday, members of the Greek Communist Party unfurled two banners carrying  slogans against the name deal over the walls of Acropolis Hill in Athens.

The banners proclaimed, “No to the Tsipras-Zaev agreement, to the plans of US-NATO-EU, to irredentism and nationalism,” in Greek and English, followed below by “Yes to friendship, solidarity and the joint struggle of the peoples.”