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Ireland waits for answers after 'earthquake' election

Fianna Fail officials read the morning newspapers as they wait outside the count centre in Dublin, Ireland on February 28, 2016Ireland’s political uncertainty looked set to drag into a third day after Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s coalition government was ousted in an election that produced no clear alternative. With 134 of 158 seats counted, voters had clearly punished Kenny and junior coalition partner Labour, leaving historical foes Fine Gael and Fianna Fail with the only clear numbers to form a government, a prospect both would struggle to swallow. It is not clear when final results will be known after Friday’s vote but weeks of political bargaining and a potential re-run could lie ahead after a swing to anti-establishment and anti-austerity candidates that echoed recent elections in other eurozone countries like Spain.

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