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Macedonian MPs pass law making Albanian official language

Macedonian MPs pass law making Albanian official language GazetaExpress

Macedonian lawmakers have passed a law making Albanian the country's second official language in a vote boycotted by main opposition party.

The law passed Thursday with the backing of 69 lawmakers in the 120-member parliament. It still requires approval by the country's president before coming into effect.

Albanians make up about a quarter of Macedonia's 2.1 million people, and the new law allows them to use Albanian in communications with all official institutions throughout the country. A previous law, which arose from a 2001 peace deal ending an armed conflict between Albanian fighters and government forces, granted that right only in areas where the minority was larger than 20 percent of the population.

  

    Date: 11 January 2018 15:04
    Author: GazetaExpress

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