Macedonia: Lawmakers who backed new name get more security

Lawmakers of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE stand on the right and react during the voting on proposal on a motion for constitutional revision during a ses

Lawmakers of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE stand on the right and react during the voting on proposal on a motion for constitutional revision during a ses

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, center, talks for the media after the parliament voted for the proposal on a motion for constitutional revision

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, center, talks for the media after the parliament voted for the proposal on a motion for constitutional revision

Lawmakers of the ruling SDSM wait before voting for the proposal on a motion for constitutional revision during a session of the Macedonian Parliament

Lawmakers of the ruling SDSM wait before voting for the proposal on a motion for constitutional revision during a session of the Macedonian Parliament

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, center, talks for the media after the parliament voted for the proposal on a motion for constitutional revision

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, center, talks for the media after the parliament voted for the proposal on a motion for constitutional revision

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's interior minister says additional police protection is being provided to lawmakers who voted to support a deal that would change the country's name.

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said Monday that all 80 parliament members who backed launching the constitutional amendment process needed for the change were getting extra security after several lawmakers and their families reported death threats.

Parliament voted 80-39 late Friday in favor of the government's proposal for the amendment that would rename the small Balkan country as North Macedonia.

The government received cross-party support despite fierce objection from the opposition conservatives, who claimed that at least three lawmakers had been offered bribes.

The name change would end a long dispute with neighboring Greece, which in return would stop blocking Macedonia from joining NATO.