Hungary fails to approve Sweden's NATO entry

Hungary fails to approve Sweden
# 05 February 2024 18:11 (UTC +04:00)

Voting at an urgent session of the Hungarian parliament on the ratification of Sweden's NATO membership agreement failed on Monday, APA reports citing TASS.

There was no quorum, Deputy Speaker Sandor Lezsak announced.

The faction of the ruling Fidesz - Hungarian Civic Alliance party, which has a majority of parliamentary seats, refused to take part in the meeting, which was attended only by representatives of opposition parties. Only 51 out of the 199 legislators were present in the hall.

The U.S. envoy to Budapest along with ambassadors from some other NATO allies including Denmark and Poland attended the Hungarian parliament on Monday, according to Reuters.

Sweden's NATO bid could be ratified when Hungary's parliament reconvenes for a normal session, the Fidesz party's parliamentary group said earlier on Monday, adding that first it expects a visit by the Swedish prime minister to Budapest.

Parliament will reconvene after the winter break in late February.