Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny pauses before speaking to the media at the general election count center in Castlebar, Ireland Feb. 27, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Ireland's two main parties gathered their lawmakers Thursday to discuss their options after final results from last week's election confirmed a fragmented political landscape with no clear winner.Prime Minister Enda Kenny's outgoing coalition lost its parliamentary majority as voters made clear their anger over continued austerity in the eurozone country, despite a return to economic growth.His Fine Gael party won 50 of the 158 seats, while its coalition partner Labor won just seven, just ahead of the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit group which took six seats.One option for an alliance could be a minority government led by Kenny and supported by Fianna Fail, who would remain in opposition but would support the government on key issues.Turnout in the Irish vote was 65.1 percent, lower than the 70 percent in the previous 2011 election which came after a banking crisis and bailout that precipitated the fall of a Fianna Fail government.
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