On 11 January, the parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) Macedonia adopted the Law on the Use of Languages, granting the Albanian language broader official use by public authorities throughout the country.
The Albanian minority is around 25% of the country's population, according to the latest census of 2002. Currently, the public use of the Albanian language is provided only in areas where more than 20% of the population is ethnic Albanian. The law was voted by the ruling majority in parliament led by centre-left Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and all ethnic Albanian parties regardless of their support for the government.
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