Irish PM Kenny to start talks on formation of new government

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny says he is prepared to talk with Fianna Fail about formation of new coalition government

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Irish PM Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has stated on Wednesday that he could talk with the main opposition party Fianna Fail about the possible formation of a new government after his previous coalition was voted out of office last week. 

Kenny's centre-right Fine Gael party is set to fall about 30 seats short of the 80 needed to form a majority in parliament with counting almost complete, leaving historic rival Fianna Fail as the only obvious partner to form a stable government.

"The numbers in the Dail (parliament) in the way that they're now falling through make it difficult to put forward a proposition for government," Kenny told journalists.

"As the leader of the largest party, and as the Taoiseach (prime minister) it's my responsibility to work to see that, that process is put in place, and that includes talking to the Fianna Fail party."

TRTWorld, Reuters