Macedonia clears way for minority rights after repeal referendum fails

Macedonia clears way for minority rights after repeal referendum fails

[JURIST] A referendum in Macedonia designed to block a law that gave its Albanian minority greater rights has failed due to a low turnout. The law, already passed by the Macedonian parliament, redraws local boundaries in the former Yugoslav Republic, and gives the 25% Albanian minority more say over schools, health care policy and jobs. Proponents of the bill view its implementation as crucial to securing Macedonia's NATO and European Union membership. BBC has more. JURIST has more information on Macedonia here.