Macedonian authorities began Monday removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for the country's new name: North Macedonia.
Authorities were also preparing to replace signs at the country's border with Greece.
The small Balkan country will change its name to North Macedonia after reaching a landmark agreement over the summer with neighboring Greece, which has a neighboring province called Macedonia.
Macedonia is due to become a NATO member now that Greece's parliament approved a measure Friday that would allow the country to join the alliance. Greece had blocked Macedonia's accession to NATO for more than a decade.
The Greek and Macedonian governments want to implement the deal swiftly, faced with strong opposition from their domestic political opponents and skeptical public opinion on both sides of the border. More than two-thirds of Greeks opposed the agreement, according to several recent opinion polls, while a referendum on the deal in Macedonia last year saw more than 60 percent stay away from the vote.
Source : VOA