Greek defense minister resigns about name change Macedonia

Greek defense minister resigns about name change Macedonia

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The Greek Minister for Defense, Panos Kammenos, leader of the junior partner in the coalition government of the country, resigned from the deal on behalf of Macedonia, against which he opposes.

Kammenos announced his resignation after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday morning. He said his party would leave the government. He plans to hold a press conference later on Sunday.

Greece and Macedonia agreed last June on a deal that would change the name of the northern neighbor of Greece in Northern Macedonia. In return, Greece would lift its objections to Macedonia's accession to NATO.

The Macedonian parliament has ratified the deal on Friday. The Greek Parliament now needs a simple majority for ratification.

Tsipras & # 39; left-wing Syriza party has 145 deputies in the 300-headed Greek parliament, while the right-wing populist Independent Greeks party of Kammenos has seven. Tsipras may need assistance from the opposition to get the deal with Macedonia.

The Greek Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos, leaves the house of Maximos after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right wing populist party of the independent Greeks, is strongly opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia on the state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos, leaves the house of Maximos after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right wing populist party of the independent Greeks, is strongly opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia on the state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

Greek Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right wing populist party of the independent Greeks, is strongly opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia on the name of the state. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

Greek Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right wing populist party of the independent Greeks, is strongly opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia on the name of the state. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

Greek Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right wing populist party of the independent Greeks, is strongly opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia on the name of the state. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist Independent Greeks, is fierce in contrast to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist Independent Greeks, is fierce in contrast to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist Independent Greeks, is fierce in contrast to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, second left, arrives for a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right wing populist party of the independent Greeks, is fierce opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, second left, arrives for a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right wing populist party of the independent Greeks, is fierce opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, second left, arrives for a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right wing populist party of the independent Greeks, is fierce opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, center, makes a statement to the media after meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist party of independent Greeks, is fiercely opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, center, makes a statement to the media after meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist party of independent Greeks, is fiercely opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, center, makes a statement to the media after meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist party of independent Greeks, is fiercely opposed to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist Independent Greeks, is fierce in contrast to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist Independent Greeks, is fierce in contrast to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, leaves the Maximos country house after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The Greek Minister of Defense Kammenos, leader of the right-wing populist Independent Greeks, is fierce in contrast to a deal with neighboring Macedonia about its state name. (AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis)

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