Serhat TUNAR -TDO- It is not yet clear who will take power in Ireland following the general election on 8 February and who will be the coalition partners.
There is no prospect of any candidate winning the Prime Minister's election to be held in Parliament on Thursday (yesterday). The current Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, and his cabinet are certain to remain in office temporarily until the government is formed.
The Fianna Fail party, which has the largest number of seats in Parliament, has announced it will not form a coalition government with Sinn Féin, the original winner of the election.
In the election, Sinn Féin, which had only 42 candidates for the 160-seat assembly, had secured a historic victory by getting the most votes. The Left party, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), has also dented the years-long dominance of Fine Gael, with Fianna Fail in power in the previous term. Both parties have announced they will not negotiate with Sinn Féin, which has 37 deputies in Parliament.