The high abstention in the referendum in FYROM on Sunday, regarding the resolution of the naming dispute, is very likely to lead to early general elections in the country. The participation rate in Sunday’s referendum reached only 37%. 91.5% of the voters voted in favor of the Prespa Agreement, 5.6% voted against, while 2.9% of the votes were invalid.

In a press conference, FYROM’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stated that in the next days, he will expedite the procedures for the Parliament to pass the constitutional amendments required; however, if it becomes clear that the necessary majority of 2/3 will not be ensured, he will call early general elections.

On his part, the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, Hristijan Mickoski, stated that based on the outcome of the referendum, the Prespa Agreement cannot be accepted.