Ireland government backed, Micheál Martin becomes PM

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has been elected on Saturday Ireland’s PM at a special meeting of the parliament. This became possible after on Friday, members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party backed a programme for government, paving the way for an historic coalition.

The country was in limbo since February when no party received a majority at the general elections. Coalition talks were then halted by the coronavirus pandemic. The party leaders and their negotiating teams reached agreement on a coalition deal earlier in June. The two larger parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, needed the support of the Greens to have a working majority in the parliament.

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