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Irish PM expects new coalition government in place by end of June

FILE PHOTO: News conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s acting prime minister Leo Varadkar on Friday said he expected a new coalition government to be in place by the end of June once the three parties involved have agreed a policy programme and secured approval from members.

“I believe it is possible to do that before the end of June and have a new government in place” by July 1, Varadkar told journalists when asked about talks between his Fine Gael party, fellow centre-right party Fianna Fail and the Green Party.

Talks to form a new government following an inconclusive election in February have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Varadkar said progress was being made.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries, Editing by William Maclean)

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