President Gjorge Ivanov refuses to sign law, making Albanian second official language
Macedonia faces a new political crisis as president Gjorge Ivanov refused again to sign legislation to make Albanian the country's second official language, news wires reported. Ivanov, a close ally of the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party, which is in opposition, had refused to ratify the law in January, but last Wednesday lawmakers approved it for a second time amid protests inside parliament and outside the building. Under Macedonia's constitution, the president can't veto legislation approved in two separate votes. But Ivanov said in a statement, cited by AP, that proper parliamentary procedure hadn't been followed.