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Ireland to hold early election on Feb 8, says PM Varadkar

Dublin: Ireland will go to the polls next month in an early general poll, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday, as he seeks to capitalise on a successful Brexit deal and restored power-sharing in Northern Ireland.
“The election will be held on Saturday, February 8th,” he said in a speech in Dublin, adding that he would ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve parliament. “We have a deal on Brexit and in Northern Ireland,” he added, explaining there was a “window of opportunity” to get a new government before the next European Council meeting in March. (AFP)