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Irish PM announces resignation as party leader

Reuters , Wednesday 17 May 2017
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A file photo of Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal during his visit to Montreal, Quebec, Canada May 4, 2017. (Photo:Reuters)
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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Wednesday he was resigning as leader of the Fine Gael party, kicking off a contest that will see a new leader elected by June 2.

Kenny - who had already said he would not lead Fine Gael into elections due late next year - said he would continue to carry out his duties as prime minister while the leadership contest takes place.

Kenny, prime minister since 2011 and the leader of his party for almost 15 years, is expected to be replaced by a younger colleague - most likely Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar, the bookmakers' favourite, or Housing Minister Simon Coveney. 

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