“Macedonia’s president on Wednesday vetoed a law making Albanian the country’s second official language, describing the legislation as unnecessary and unconstitutional.

Macedonian lawmakers approved the bill last week in a parliamentary vote boycotted by the main opposition party.

But conservative President Gjorge Ivanov said the law would introduce a ‘very expensive redundancy’ in state institutions ‘instead of building a multiethnic society through a spirit of dialogue and coexistence.’

Ethnic Albanians make up about one-quarter of Macedonia’s 2.1 million people. The law would allow them to use the Albanian language as well as Macedonian in all communications with official institutions.

If the measure passes a second time, the Macedonia Constitution would require the president to sign it.” (Washington Post)