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Ireland's Voters Appear to Reject Government

Newspaper article International New York Times

Ireland's Voters Appear to Reject Government

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The governing coalition will lose too many seats in Parliament to retain power, but it is unclear if any party will have enough seats to form a government.

Early results in Ireland's general election indicated over the weekend that voters had firmly rejected the center-right government, but it remained unclear if any party would have enough seats in Parliament to form a government.

The complexity of the Irish proportional representation system means that the final count in the 158-seat Dail may not be completed until the middle of the week. However, it is already certain that the governing coalition will lose too many seats to retain power, with the minority Labor Party suffering the highest casualties.

Tom Curran, the main election organizer for Fine Gael, the senior party in the governing coalition, conceded on Saturday that it would probably be a "very disappointing day from the government's point of view. …

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