Irish minister says it's too soon to form coalition

Senior minister in Ireland says coalition between two main parties is too soon

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Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny speaks during the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon at Washington US March 15, 2016.

A senior minister in Ireland said that it is too soon for the two main parties in the country to form a coalition government.

Ireland’s parliament was cracked on Feb. 26 when voters ousted caretaker Prime Minister Enda Kenny's coalition from power without choosing a new one.

Enda Kenny's party remained as the biggest party in the parliament but once again does not have the majority.

Fianna Fail party is the only party left to form a coalition government with. However, members of both parties disagree with that move.

"There is real talking happening at the moment and it is with the independents, the smaller parties, it's premature I think at this stage to be talking to Fianna Fail," Health Minister Leo Varadkar of Fine Gael told broadcaster RTE.

"The talks that are happening this week are to see if we can find enough common ground to put together a broad-based minority that could then get the support of the Dail (parliament)."

Kenny and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, whose party has seven fewer seats than Fine Gael's 50 in the 157-seat chamber, both lost parliamentary votes for prime minister by a wide margin last week. Another vote is expected on April 6.

"I know some people are suggesting some sort of Eurovision (Song Contest) style beauty contest. That's not how it works, that somehow the person that gets the highest number of votes, even if they lose, has some sort of moral authority to lead a minority government," Varadkar said.

"You either win it or you don't."

According to analysts a second election could make Ireland more vulnerable to a similar 'Brexit' referendum in June.

TRTWorld, Reuters