Decision On Historic Irish Coalition Expected


A decision on the formation of a historic coalition between Ireland’s two dominant centrist parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, and the smaller Green Party was on Friday expected in Dublin.

Earlier, Acting Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, predicted that the three parties would vote to enter a coalition and a new taoiseach would be elected on Saturday.

“There is no arrangement in place for a Plan B or to have a temporary taoiseach elected if the programme for government is not accepted,“ Varadkar said.

However, if the deal goes ahead, leader of the Fianna Fail party Micheal Martin will be elected taoiseach on Saturday.

After four months with a caretaker government, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael agreed in mid-June to form a government with the Green party. However, the deal requires ratification by party members.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael members were expected to vote with a comfortable majority in favour of forming a coalition, but some of the smaller Green Party members had threatened to vote against the deal.

It would be the first time in history that the two major parties would form coalition together.

However, if party members reject the deal there would likely be another election in the country.

Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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