Ireland to hold snap general election on February 8

epa08126940 (FILE) - Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland Leo Varadkar arrives for the second day of the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, 13 December 2019 (reissued on 14 January 2020). According to media reports, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament on 14 January in order to call for a parliamentary election on 08 February. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Ireland will hold a snap general election next month, the country’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told his cabinet Tuesday morning.

Irish media reported that the vote will be held on Saturday, February 8. Varadkar is expected to ask the Irish president to dissolve parliament later on Tuesday.

A notice from the Áras on Tuesday said: “An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, will visit Áras an Uachtaráin this afternoon, January 14th, 2020, to ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve the 32nd Dáil and to summon the new Dáil on 20th February 2020.”

Via Irish Times. 

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