Ireland's Kenny loses vote for prime minister for third time

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 14, 2016 11:25 AM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Acting Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny failed in his third successive attempt to be re-elected premier on Thursday, as Ireland's politics remain deadlocked after February's inconclusive elections.

Kenny was backed by 52 members of parliament in the 157-seat lower house. That meant he won the support of just two outside his Fine Gael party, including one from a group of 15 independent lawmakers he wants to form a minority administration with.

Fine Gael also requires the consent of the second-largest party, Fianna Fail, to govern. Its historic rival is prepared to do so by abstaining in key votes, but Kenny still needs 58 lawmakers behind him to form a minority government.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin, editing by Larry King)