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Ireland Ireland: agreement for a coalition government, without Sinn Fein

12:50  27 june  2020
12:50  27 june  2020 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said she was willing to talk to all political leaders but expressed a desire to lead a coalition made up of The speaker is automatically re-elected, leaving 159 seats up for grabs and 80 the magic number for a majority. Mr Varadkar's last government , a

Sinn Fein is already part of a power-sharing government across the UK border in Northern Ireland (which, like Scotland, voted to remain The party has ruled out taking part in a coalition government without a commitment to immediately start planning for a reunification referendum by 2025.

Two Irish centrist parties and the Greens voted Friday in favor of a tripartite government coalition, thus agreeing to form a government without the nationalists of Sinn Fein, however came first in the legislative elections.

  Irlande: accord pour un gouvernement de coalition, sans le Sinn Fein © Provided by Euronews More than four months after the legislative elections in Ireland, two Irish centrist parties and the Greens voted in favor of a tripartite governmental coalition, thus agreeing to form a government without the nationalists of Sinn Fein, however came out on top last February.

After months of negotiations in the midst of a new coronavirus pandemic, the members of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party gave the green light on Friday to a coalition agreement.

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Sinn Féin will try to form a government in Ireland after apparently winning more votes than any other party in He said Sinn Féin would use its mandate to plan for a united Ireland – a defining tenet for the party. Agreement between three parties to form government needs to be ratified by members.

Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty said people voted for change in February’s general election and for a new beginning. “Faced with the prospect of a government of change, the two old parties have come together to circle the wagons to exclude Sinn Fein and they are using the Green Party as a fig leaf to

"We have to go there and help with our government coalition partners to get our country out of a really serious economic crisis," Greens leader Eamon Ryan said Friday evening.

Micheal Martin, 59, leader of Fianna Fail who won the first parliamentary group with 38 of the 160 seats, is slated to become the first chief executive until December 2022. "We chose this path, it involves many challenges, "he said when the results were announced," But on the other hand, it is also a time of opportunity and a time of hope for our people. "

He will succeed Léo Varadkar, who is expected to occupy the function of Deputy Prime Minister. In a tweet, the leader of Fine Gael was moved to leave the place, after three years at the head of the country.

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Sinn Féin has surged in Ireland ’s election campaign, putting pressure on centrist parties to drop their opposition to forming a coalition government with it after the Another objection is Sinn Féin ’s call for a referendum on Irish unity within five years, which Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael brand as reckless.

Ireland election 2020. Image copyright Reuters. Image caption Micheál Martin has ruled out a coalition with Sinn Féin . Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party will seek to form a government without Sinn No single party has enough seats to govern, with 80 seats required for a majority.

Sinn Fein in the opposition

The elections of February upset the political landscape in Ireland, where the two centrist parties had taken turns in power for a century. This time, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail needed the support of the 12 Green Party deputies to reach the 80 seat threshold required for a parliamentary majority.

With a program anchored to the left, Sinn Fein, favorable to reunification with Northern Ireland, came out on top with 24.5% of the voters. But without having presented enough candidates, it only became the second political force in Parliament with 37 seats.

Excluded from the government alliance concluded on Friday, it will become the main opposition force in Ireland, which could constitute a springboard to power in the next legislative elections, according to analysts.

"The political establishment has mobilized to keep us away," reacted Friday evening its leader Mary Lou McDonald, adding that "these barriers" would not be enough to "stop" them. "We are going to be the most effective opposition," promised deputy chief Michelle O'Neill.

Risky bet for the Greens

The alliance with the center-right, on the other hand, is a risky bet for the progressive formation of the Greens, who had already participated in a coalition with the Fianna Fail in 2007 before withdrawing four years more late.

They had been erased from the political spectrum after the elections that followed in 2011, one of the reasons why they expected a "close result" in this internal vote, according to the Irish Times.

Invoking a "sense of responsibility", its leader undertook to "do everything he can" to "restore biodiversity and stop the madness" of climate change ".

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