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Irish leader Enda Kenny stepping down as head of his party

AP  |  Dublin 

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny says he is resigning as leader of the Fine Gael party, paving the way for his replacement as the country's head of

Kenny announced today he will step down at midnight, remaining interim leader until a successor is selected by June 2.

Kenny has led the center-right party for 15 years, but has faced months of pressure from party colleagues to resign after being accused of a bumbling response to a police scandal.

Kenny is due to visit the US and Belgium early next month as Ireland's Taoiseach, or prime minister.

His replacement will lead Ireland during complex divorce negotiations between and the Brexit has major implications for Ireland, the only country to share a land border with the United Kingdom.

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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 22:42 IST