Irish MPs fail to chose PM – again

Police secure the entrance to Leinster House on the first day of the Irish parliament (Dail) since a general election in Dublin, Ireland on March 10, 2016Irish lawmakers on Wednesday failed to elect a new prime minister for the second time in 40 days since an inconclusive general election, while forming a new government remains an elusive prospect. Neither Fine Gael or Fianna Fail, the two main parties, have the numbers to form a government without the support — active or passive — of the other. The election of a prime minister, or taoiseach, is a prerequisite to agreeing the composition of the next government.

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