Macedonia name change triggers crisis in Greek government

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (right) and his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev celebrate the signing

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (right) and his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev celebrate the signing of the historic agreement

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos has resigned over the agreement between Greece and Macedonia to change the name of the neighboring country to 'Republic of Northern Macedonia', with the capital in Skopje.

The decision forced Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras to call for a vote of confidence in parliament.

Until now, Panos Kammenos, the leader of the Independent Greeks party, provided the government coalition with seven MPs, securing an absolute majority for the executive led by left-wing party Syriza. The minister's resignation has triggered a political crisis in the country, forcing the Greek prime minister to ask for a vote of confidence from parliament.

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