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Irish deputy PM resigns to avoid potential snap election


Irish deputy PM resigns to avoid potential snap election

New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): Ireland's scandal-hit deputy prime minister has resigned, averting a government collapse and potential snap election that had threatened to complicate Brexit talks next month. Frances Fitzgerald had been under pressure following her disputed handling of a police whistleblower who alleged corruption in the force.

The crisis had added another layer of uncertainty over a key Brexit summit next month where Ireland is to play a major role. EU leaders are waiting to hear on whether sufficient progress has been made on the future of the border between EU-member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.

Fitzgerald says she decided to step-down so that the country can quote "be spared an unnecessary election," but she leaves behind a Fine Gael party in turmoil.

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