“Macedonia’s Constitutional Court has rejected two bids to declare the September 30 referendum on changing the country’s name to North Macedonia illegal and unconstitutional.

Judges voted 7-2 on September 19 to reject the two lawsuits filed by Skopje-based diaspora group the World Macedonian Congress and the small, left-wing Levitsa party.

Western officials have hailed the referendum, which follows a hard-won agreement with neighboring Greece to end a decades-long dispute over Macedonia’s name.” (RFE/RL)