“The Central Committee of the Macedonian nationalist opposition VMRO-DPMNE party punished its members who secured the majority to the ruling coalition in the parliament by supporting Skopje – Athens deal on the country’s new name, the Beta news agency reported on Tuesday.

A vice-president of the party, Mitko Jancev, was dismissed from the post, while two other high-ranking officials were expelled from the organisation.

Another vice-president Aleksandar Nikolski explained the move as the consequence of “their strong cooperation with (Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran) Zaev and for organising ‘a group for pressure, blackmail, threats and bribe of the deputies from the VMRO-DPMNE and the coalition ‘For Better Macedonia’ to help reaching the two-thirds majority for the constitutional changes.'” (N1)