North Macedonia’s Minister Sacked for
Using “Republic of Macedonia” Sign
The North Macedonian Parliament
decided on Saturday to sack Labor Minister Rashela
Mizrahi from the caretaker government of the country,
after using the old and disputed name ”Republic of
Macedonia” during a public speech.
Sixty-two Parliamentarians voted in favor of her
removal, while 26 voted against it.
Mizrahi caused widespread condemnation in her country
and provoked Athens’ diplomatic anger after she decided
to reinstall the old ”Republic of Macedonia” sign in her
Ministry a few days ago.
The former Labor Minister belongs to the right-wing VMRO
party which opposed the name change of the country.
She also reportedly said that ”this is the Republic of
Macedonia and we are Macedonians.”
North Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov
accused her of disrespecting the country’s constitution
and putting Skopje’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations in
Nikos Kotzias, Greece’s ex-Foreign Minister and a
signatory of the Prespa Agreement, which legally changed
the country’s name to North Macedonia, called on the
current Greek government to report the Minister to the
North Macedonia is heading toward a snap general
election in April, following the resignation of Zoran
Zaev’s government due to the failure to open
negotiations for the country’s entrance to the European