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Turkey’s parliament ratifies Sweden’s NATO membership

Following Turkey’s ratification, Hungary remains to be sole holdout standing before Sweden’s accession to the transatlantic alliance.
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ANKARA — Turkey’s parliament ratified Sweden's long-stalled accession to NATO on Tuesday.

The expansion was ratified by the majority as several opposition parties as well as Islamist parties within the Turkish president’s election alliance voted against the protocol.

Among 346 lawmakers present on the floor, 287 voted in favor of and 55 against the Swedish accession, with four abstaining.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson welcomed the move, which took more than a year and a half. “Today we are one step closer to becoming a full member of NATO. Positive that the Grand General Assembly of [Turkey] has voted in favor of Sweden’s NATO accession,” he posted on X.

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