The Latest on ratification of an agreement to resolve the place name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Greek lawmakers have ratified an agreement for the country to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country’s name is changed to North Macedonia.

The deal faced fierce opposition and had already cost Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras his parliamentary majority. It passed Friday with the support of independent lawmakers.

The ratification vote came after three days of acrimonious debate on the deal, which aimed to end a nearly three decade-long dispute that has kept Macedonia from joining the western military alliance and the European Union.

Greece has long argued use of the term Macedonia implied territorial claims on its own northern province of the same name, and usurped its culture and ancient Greek history.

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11:55 a.m.

Greek lawmakers are to wrap up three days of acrimonious parliamentary debate with a vote on a deal normalizing relations with Macedonia, under which Greece’s northern neighbor will rename itself North Macedonia and Athens will drop its objections to the country joining NATO.

More protests were scheduled in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki Friday. Opposition is particularly fierce in the northern Greek region of Macedonia, which borders the former Yugoslav republic that claimed the same name after declaring independence in 1991. Critics claim the deal signs away their identity and a cultural heritage dating back to Alexander the Great more than 2,300 years ago.

The agreement has already cost Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras his parliamentary majority after the right-wing Independent Greeks quit the governing coalition in protest.

Members of the Greek parliament debate the Prespa Agreement in Athens, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Greek lawmakers are to wrap up three days of acrimonious parliamentary debate with a vote on a deal normalising relations with Macedonia, under which Greece's northern neighbour will rename itself North Macedonia and Athens will drop its objections to the country joining NATO. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
Members of the Greek parliament debate the Prespa Agreement in Athens, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Greek lawmakers are to wrap up three days of acrimonious parliamentary debate with a vote on a deal normalising relations with Macedonia, under which Greece’s northern neighbour will rename itself North Macedonia and Athens will drop its objections to the country joining NATO. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
Members of the public was as Greek lawmakers debate the Prespa Agreement at the parliament in Athens, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
Members of the public was as Greek lawmakers debate the Prespa Agreement at the parliament in Athens, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
A flare thrown by opponents of Prespa Agreement, attending a rally outside the Greek Parliament, burns in front of police officers in riot gear guarding one of its entrances in Athens, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A flare thrown by opponents of Prespa Agreement, attending a rally outside the Greek Parliament, burns in front of police officers in riot gear guarding one of its entrances in Athens, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Members of the Greek Communist party set ablaze a United States flag during a rally against Prespa Agreement in Athens, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
Members of the Greek Communist party set ablaze a United States flag during a rally against Prespa Agreement in Athens, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
Greek riot police chase the demonstrators opponents of Prespa Agreement outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Greek riot police chase the demonstrators opponents of Prespa Agreement outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Holding a Greek flag an opponent of Prespa Agreement stands ahead of a rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Holding a Greek flag an opponent of Prespa Agreement stands ahead of a rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Former Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, centre left, that was instrumental of the Prespa Agreement, talks with Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, centre right, during a debate at the Greek parliament on the Prespa Agreement in Athens, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
Former Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, centre left, that was instrumental of the Prespa Agreement, talks with Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, centre right, during a debate at the Greek parliament on the Prespa Agreement in Athens, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
Holding a flag with the Star of Vergina, the emblem of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia and Alexander the Great, opponents of Prespa Agreement chant slogans in a rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Holding a flag with the Star of Vergina, the emblem of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia and Alexander the Great, opponents of Prespa Agreement chant slogans in a rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Under heavy rain, riot police officers guard the Greek Parliament, in Athens, ahead of a scheduled rally of opponents of Prespa Agreement, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Under heavy rain, riot police officers guard the Greek Parliament, in Athens, ahead of a scheduled rally of opponents of Prespa Agreement, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Opponents of Prespa Agreement, some holding Greek flags, chat with police officers guarding the Greek Parliament, in Athens, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Opponents of Prespa Agreement, some holding Greek flags, chat with police officers guarding the Greek Parliament, in Athens, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Holding Greek flags, opponents of Prespa Agreement chant slogans in a rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Holding Greek flags, opponents of Prespa Agreement chant slogans in a rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

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