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    Finland’s Parliament Gives Final Approval for NATO Bid

    Finland's Parliament Gives Final Approval for NATO Bid

    HELSINKI — Finland's Parliament gave final approval Wednesday to the Nordic country's bid to join , with lawmakers signing off on membership along with the required legislation.

    The 200-seat Eduskunta legislature voted 184-7 to authorize Finland's accession to NATO, clearing the last required domestic hurdle to becoming part of the 30-member Western military alliance.

    Two of NATO's 30 existing members, and , have yet to ratify the application Finland and neighboring Sweden made last year. Admitting new members requires unanimous approval.

    Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin's center-left government initiated the vote, seeking to secure the approval of her country's lawmakers before an April 2 general election.

    President Sauli Niinisto has pledged to sign Wednesday's legislative decisions into law before the election.

    Finland and Sweden, which are close partners culturally, economically and politically, applied together to join NATO in May 2022. Their bid is historic as Finland has remained military non-aligned since World War II, and Sweden has not been in a military conflict in the past 200 years.

    Most of the opposition to accepting Finland and Sweden as new NATO members comes from Turkey, which wants stronger action, mostly from Sweden, against groups that Ankara considers as terrorist organizations.

    Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said Wednesday that Sweden needs a law which…

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