Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny Announces Resignation

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny Announces Resignation

IRELAND (EON) – By announcing his resignation from the head of his party, Fine Gael, he resigned as prime minister. He is expected to remain in office until 2 June.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced on Wednesday ( May 17th) that he would resign at midnight from his party head the Fine Gael. He will remain prime minister until the election of his successor, which should take place by 2 June.

Leader of the center- right party for fifteen years, he was elected prime minister in 2011. At 66 years old, Mr. Kenny is an old Irish politician who put his country’s economy back on track with a program of Draconian austerity. Affable, rustic and cunning, he has often been described as a manager rather than a charismatic leader, but these qualities have served to happen to juggle with leaders of the requirements of the European Union .

Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister, at a news conference in Brussels in April. Credit Julien Warnand/European Pressphoto Agency
Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister, at a news conference in Brussels in April. Credit Julien Warnand/European Pressphoto Agency

A few months before taking office in 2011, Ireland , a euro – zone member, riddled with debt as a result of the 2008 financial crisis , is forced to seek the help of the international community. His first term had been dominated by economic difficulties, but after several years of severe austerity, Dublin regained control of its finances and unemployment dropped considerably, even though the country had not completely regained its luster Of “Celtic Tiger”.

Precipitous departure

Enda Kenny was re-elected in May 2016 after more than two months of blockage. But without a political majority in parliament, the leader of the Fine Gael this year held only one year at the head of the fragile Irish government.

He had managed to get re-elected after four votes of Parliament, with the support of independent deputies, and after an agreement with Fianna Fail, the main training opposition, that he does not oppose To the constitution of a minority government. In exchange, the Fianna Fail had obtained an increase in public spending and suspension of water royalties which had earned monsters in the streets of Dublin.

He had always said that he would not run again at the head of his party to be prime minister a third time, but his departure was precipitated by the numerous criticisms that marked his management of a scandal within the police . His government was accused of letting his services ruin the reputation of a police officer, a wake-up caller, wrongly accused several years ago of sexual assault on children.

For now, two candidates have expressed their interest to take the lead of the Fine Gael and become , de facto, the new Prime Minister of the country. Leo Varadkar, 38, the son of an Indian immigrant and an Irish, is an outsider: he is the Taoiseach to be openly displayed his homosexuality by announcing during a radio interview in 2015. The doctor, who was elected as a member of parliament in 2007 before holding several ministerial posts, campaigned for same-sex marriage and abolition of abortion laws.

His rival, Simon Coveney, 44, has a more traditional profile. A former housing minister , he was first elected to Parliament in 1998 after the death of his father, who had previously held this seat in the riding of Cork South-Central.

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