• Ireland faces possible deadlock after tight election

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    DUBLIN: Ireland faced the prospect of political deadlock on Saturday, after the first exit poll from the election indicated the governing coalition has failed to win enough votes to secure a second term. Both Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s center-right Fine Gael and its Labor junior partner lost support, as many voters in the eurozone country complained they had not felt the benefits of economic growth. Fine Gael’s support dropped from 36.1 percent in the last election in 2011 to 26.1 percent in Friday’s vote, while Labor’s fell from 19.5 to 7.8 percent, according to the exit poll conducted by Ipsos, MRBI for the Irish Times. The Times calculated that Fine Gael and Labor may get 58 to 68 seats between them—far short of the 80 needed for a majority.

    AFP

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