Irish president appoints opposition leader as prime minister

16:38, March 10, 2011      

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Ireland's newly-elected Prime Minister Enda Kenny (C) walks out of the Leinster House, the seat of parliament in Dublin, capital of Ireland, March 9, 2011. Irish President Mary McAleese Wednesday appointed opposition leader Enda Kenny as the country's new prime minister. (Xinhua/Xiong Sihao)

Irish President Mary McAleese Wednesday appointed opposition leader Enda Kenny as the country's new prime minister.

During a formal ceremony at the presidential office, McAleese signed the warrant of appointment and presented Kenny with his seal of office and a seal of government.

Kenny was elected as prime minister by 117 votes to 27 during the first session of the 31st Dail, lower house of parliament.

In his first address to parliament as prime minister, Kenny said the country was on the threshold of fundamental change.

The Irish prime minister said he was entering into a covenant with the public and that honesty was his only policy.

"Our lives and our futures are predicated on one thing -- truth. I am entering into a covenant with the Irish people today. Our new government will tell the people the truth, no matter how difficult that may be," he said.

"I believe the old ways, the old politics damaged us not just financially but emotionally and psychologically. Our program for government is fair and is truly radical. We will achieve our objectives working side by side with the Irish people," Kenny said.
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