Irish Goverment Formation Talks Stall Before PM Vote

Ireland’s biggest political parties postponed a meeting to discuss the mechanics of minority government, ahead of a vote to choose a prime minister.

Ireland’s Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, which have been locked in talks this week, cancelled a meeting on policy on Wednesday, Irish media reports said.

Parliament meets in Dublin on Thursday with a third vote on choosing a prime minister being the main item on the agenda. With talks between two largest parties yet to conclude, acting premier Enda Kenny faces another defeat. His coalition lost its majority in February’s election.

Unless Fianna Fail can be persuaded to back a minority government led by Kenny, Ireland may face a second election this year.

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