Varadkar resigns as Irish Pm

epa08233157 (FILE) - Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar attends the Fine Gael manifesto launch in Dublin City, Ireland, 24 January 2020. Irish people will vote in a general election on 08 February 2020 (Reissued 20 February 2020). According to reports, Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has resigned due to an inconclusive result in the general elections held on 08 February 2020. EPA-EFE/AIDAN CRAWLEY

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Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, the current Taoiseach, formally resigned as prime minister after the votes but will stay on as caretaker leader until a successor is chosen.

The leaders of Ireland’s three largest political parties faced parliamentary votes Thursday to see if they had enough support to become prime minister — but none of them did.

A surge in support for Sinn Féin in this month’s election saw the left-wing nationalist party win the popular vote, sweeping away the traditional dominance of Fine Gael (the party of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar) and Fianna Fáil. In the final count, Sinn Féin had 37 seats, Fianna Fáil 38, and Fine Gael 35.

Via Politico / Fox

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