Ireland's Kenny re-elected PM as head of minority government

Reuters News
Posted: May 06, 2016 9:30 AM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Enda Kenny was re-elected Ireland's Prime Minister on Friday to end 10 weeks of political deadlock, when his biggest rival abstained to allow the formation of a minority government supported by independent lawmakers.

After suffering heavy losses at the Feb. 26 election, Kenny's center-right Fine Gael party returned to power with the backing of nine independent lawmakers.

Fine Gael's main rival, Fianna Fail, has agreed to abstain on key votes until the end of 2018.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by John Stonestreet)