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SDP backs NATO bid

Published : 15 May 2022, 00:32

Updated : 15 May 2022, 01:53

  DF News Desk

File Photo Xinhua.

The Council of the ruling Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland-SDP) on Saturday endorsed the plan for making Finland a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), reported Xinhua.

The Party Council is the party's highest decision-making body between party conventions, which are held every two years.

Joining NATO was backed by 53 members, while five voted against and two blank, the Council chair Sirpa Paatero told the media.

Party chair, Prime Minister Sanna Marin had on Thursday announced her support for Finland going to NATO in a joint statement with President Sauli Niinistö.

Also, the parliamentary group of the Social Democrats on Saturday expressed support for the would-be Finnish membership in NATO.

According to media reports, two of the party's 40 Members of Parliament are expected to vote against it in the parliamentary plenary.