Irish president appoints opposition leader as prime minister (2)

16:38, March 10, 2011      

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"Let us believe in our future. Let us lift up our heads and turn our faces to the sun and hang out our brightest colors. We will make our nation proud, prosperous and respected again."

Later, Keny named his cabinet team in the Dail, after which the new ministers traveled to the presidential office to receive their seals of office.

Labor Party leader Eamon Gilmore was named as deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs and trade, one of five Labor cabinet posts, with Fine Gael having 10.

Fine Gael and Labour started talks on the formation of a coalition government on Feb. 28. The talks were complex, with the parties at odds over the length of time it will take to turn around the budget deficit, tax, public sector cuts, water charges and how to tackle bondholder responsibility for banking debts.

Ireland held an early general election on Feb. 25, the country' s first national poll since its financial bailout in late November. Final counting results shows that the Fine Gael has won the crucial poll, taking 76 seats of the 166-seat Dail Eireann, but without an overall majority. The Labor Party won 37 seats, the incumbent Fianna Fail (Republican Party) won 20 seats, the Sinn Fein (We Ourselves) took 14 seats, others took 19 seats.

Source: Xinhua

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