1st LD Writethru: Draft agreement reached on formation of new Irish gov’t

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DUBLIN, June 15 (Xinhua) — A draft agreement on the formation of a new Irish government has been reached among the leaders of three major political parties here on Monday after more than a month of formal negotiations, reported Irish national radio and television broadcaster RTE.

Leaders of the three parties — Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan — have signed off on the draft agreement, which will be up to the final approval of the members of their respective parties, said the report.

If the draft agreement is approved by all three parties, Ireland will see a government formed by two rival political parties of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail for the first time in history.

It will be the second time for the Green Party to enter the government since it was founded in the early 1980s.

Political analysts here say that while there is a general consensus in the country that a new government is urgently needed to get the country’s social and economic life badly hit by the COVID-19 crisis back to normal, there still exists some uncertainty whether or not the draft agreement can win enough support from all members of the three parties, particularly from the Green Party.

Details of the draft agreement are not immediately available though some of its contents have been reported by local media.

RTE reported that if the agreement is ratified by all the parties it would see Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin serving as prime minister of the new government until December 2022 after which the role will be passed onto Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar for the remaining years of the term of the new government.

The term of an Irish government is no more than five years, according to Irish laws. Enditem

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