The parliamentary vote on the Prespa Agreement has now been postponed until Friday afternoon, the speaker of the Greek Parliament announced on Thursday.
According to the decision taken by the council of the president and the deputy presidents of the Greek Parliament, the vote expected to take place late at night on Thursday is now scheduled for Friday afternoon, at 14:30 local time (12:30 G.M.T.)
The reason for the postponement was that so many M.P.’s have been registered to speak that if all of them were to be heard, the vote would be delayed for at least several hours past midnight.
Earlier on Thursday, former Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis issued a written statement in which he expressed his disagreement with the proposed accord between Greece and FYROM.
Karamanlis noted that his government’s firm stance in 2008, when Greece vetoed FYROM’s attempt to join NATO, gave Greece a strong advantage in the ongoing negotiations, something that was not taken into consideration by the current Greek government.
Karamanlis also warned that Prime Minister Tsipras’ government needs to listen to the millions of Greeks who disagree with the proposal.