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Debt-burdened Ireland faces Feb. 25 election date

 Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, right, and Irish President Mary Mc Aleese sign the Proclamation of Dissolution of the Irish Parliament at Aras an U...
 Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, waves to the media with his daughters Maedhbh, left, and as they leave  Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesda...
 Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, with daughters Maedhbh, left, Sinead and wife Mary at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.  ...
 Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, with daughters Maedhbh, left, Sinead and wife Mary at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.  ...

Ireland Election

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, right, and Irish President Mary Mc Aleese sign the Proclamation of Dissolution of the Irish Parliament at Aras an U...

Ireland Brian Cowen

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, waves to the media with his daughters Maedhbh, left, and as they leave Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesda...

Ireland Brian Cowen

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, with daughters Maedhbh, left, Sinead and wife Mary at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. ...

Ireland Brian Cowen

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, with daughters Maedhbh, left, Sinead and wife Mary at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. ...

Ireland's government has announced that voters will elect a new parliament on Feb. 25, providing a 3 1/2-week campaign focused on the nation's debt crisis.
Confirmation of the election date followed Prime Minister Brian Cowen's farewell address to parliament. His speech Tuesday was tinged with regret over the nation's plunge to the brink of bankruptcy.
Cowen is not seeking re-election. His political demise comes two months after Ireland accepted a (EURO)67.5 billion ($92 billion) loan package from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. That humiliation fatally undermined his hold on power.
Cowen says voters' choices Feb. 25 will determine "whether Ireland moves forward from this recession, or whether we prolong it or indeed succumb to it."


Updated : 2021-10-28 13:41 GMT+08:00