Hungarian parliament approves Finland’s bid to join NATO

AP , Monday 27 Mar 2023

Hungary’s parliament on Monday approved Finland’s bid to join NATO, ending months of delays and bringing the Nordic country one step closer to becoming a full member of the Western military alliance.

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A general view shows a parliamenary session as the representatives of the Hungarian Parliament vote about Finland s NATO accession, in the main hall of the parliament building in Budapest on March 27, 2023. AFP


Hungarian lawmakers voted 182 for and only six against with no abstentions. The vote came after Hungary’s government frustrated allies in NATO and the European Union by repeatedly postponing the measure for months after nearly all other members of the alliance had ratified Finland’s bid.

With Hungary’s approval, Turkey is now the only one of NATO's 30 members not to have ratified Finland’s NATO accession.

Admitting a new country requires unanimity among all member nations.

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