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Irish PM calls early March election

01-21-2011 08:18 BJT

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Ireland's Prime Minister, Brian Cowen has been forced to call early elections in March after an attempt to reshuffle his cabinet backfired. It saw a third of his cabinet resigning in just over 24 hours.

After seeing off a threat to his leadership of the ruling Fianna Fail party Tuesday, Cowen's initial plan to reshuffle the cabinet, Thursday, was slammed as shambolic on the streets.

His unexpected bid to promote new faces to a government in its final days was the last straw for his junior coalition partners, the Greens, who said it was "the final insult".

They threatened to withdraw support unless he ditched the plan and named a date for a parliamentary poll.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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