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    The parliament of Ireland, the Dail, has failed to elect a new prime minister with incumbent Enda Kenny falling short of the votes, The Guardian reports.

    Irish Parliament Fails to Elect New PM, Deadlock to Last Until Easter

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    The parliament of Ireland, the Dail, has failed to elect a new prime minister with incumbent Enda Kenny falling short of the votes, The Guardian reports.

    LONDON (Sputnik) – Kenny needed 79 votes on Thursday to become prime minister and form an administration, but he managed to get only 57 votes.

    After the vote Kenny resigned, but will remain in a caretaker position until a new government is formed. According to The Guardian, negotiations to beak the political deadlock could continue until Easter (March 27).

    Kenny’s Fine Gael conservative party lost the majority during the February 26 elections.

    However, the nomination for prime minister of Micheal Martin, the leader of Fine Gael’s main rival, another major center-right party Fianna Fail, was also defeated on Thursday.

    The two parties are ruling out creating a coalition.

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