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Irish premier expected to call for a general election on February 8th

Minister of State Kevin Boxer Moran Minister of State Kevin Boxer Moran
Bennie Garza | 15 January, 2020, 13:25

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Sunday announced plans for fresh elections but stopped short of setting a date.

It means the election campaign is now underway, with posters even appearing in some areas ahead of the official announcement.

"I have made a decision but there is some respective protocol around this so I would like to speak to the cabinet and the leader of the opposition", Varadkar told Irish broadcaster RTE.

On Tuesday Leo Varadkar will end weeks of speculation about the timing of the election when he will formally request at 2pm that the president dissolves the current parliament.

"I also want to make it easier for students and those working away from home to cast their votes and have their say". "But I know it's not enough, and we want to do much more".

The campaign is set to pit the 40-year-old prime minister's record on the fast-growing economy against struggling services, particularly in the health service and expensive housing market, in a contest polls suggest is too close to call.

After Britain's exit from the European Union dominated politics in neighboring Ireland following the last election in 2016, Varadkar sought to put Brexit at the center of the campaign.

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