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Ireland: parliamentary elections will be held on February 8

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Ireland’s general election will be held on February 8.

Ireland’s Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, told his cabinet that the dissolution of Parliament is expected to begin in the afternoon as election campaigns have already begun.

Local media reported that Varadkar spoke with ‘Fianna Fail’ party leader Micheal Martin after the cabinet meeting, informing the main opposition leader of his intention to demand the dissolution of the Irish Parliament.

The ‘Fine Gael’ party under former leader and former Prime Minister Enda Kenny won 50 of 158 seats in the 2016 election, losing 26 seats. ‘Fianna Fail’ increased its seats to 44 out of 20 in previous elections while ‘Sinn Fein’ won 23 seats.

Varadkar replaced Kenny as party leader in 2017.

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