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Sinn Féin has won the elections in Ireland, according to the first official results

February 9, 2020
Thomas Gould, del Sinn Féin, celebrando los resultados de las elecciones en Cork, Irlanda

Thomas Gould of Sinn Féin celebrating the election results in Cork, Ireland – Yui Mok / PA Wire / dpa

Fiana Fáil does not rule out now agreeing with Sinn Féin despite his former relationship with the IRA

DUBLIN, 9 (EUROPE PRESS)

The Sinn Féin party (left) has won the legislative elections held this Saturday in Ireland by a narrow margin that has allowed it to prevail over the two parties that traditionally dominated Irish politics, Fine Gale and Fiana Fáil.

Sinn Féin has won the elections in Ireland, according to the first official resultsSinn Féin has won the elections in Ireland, according to the first official results

Specifically, Sinn Féin has achieved under the leadership of Mary Lou McDonald 23.94 percent of the votes, according to the first projections, while the Fiana Fáil would obtain 21.27 percent of votes and the Fine Gael of the first outgoing minister, Leo Varadkar, would achieve 21.08 percent of votes.

Behind would be the Green Party (7.67 percent), the Labor Party (5.13 percent), the Social Democratic Party (3.1 percent) and Solidarity-The People Beyond the Benefits (2.34 per percent), according to official and partial results disseminated by the Irish press.

The president of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald, is a good example of the performance of the party in these elections, with a clear victory in the constituency of Central Dublin, with 11,223 votes, 35.7 percent, ahead of the Minister of Finance Paschal Donohe

Of the 31 seats already allocated in the 39 constituencies, 23 have gone to Sinn Féin for being the most voted option. Two more seats are already guaranteed for the Green Party, Fiana Fáil and Fine Gael have one representative each and there are four independent and elected.

The ballot box survey published on Saturday night pointed to a triple tie between Sinn Féin, Fine Gael and Fiana Fáil with 22 percent of votes each, but the results already counting indicate that Sinn Féin could be the winner of these elections.

CONTACTS TO FORM GOVERNMENT

McDonlad, has announced the opening of conversations with other political formations with the intention of negotiating the formation of government and has specifically mentioned the Green Party, the Social Democratic Party and Solidarity-The People In Front of the Benefits, three minority and leftist parties that They will also probably achieve representation.

“I have also said on other occasions that I will speak and listen to everyone. I think that is what adults do and that is what democracy demands,” McDonald said in statements from the Royal Dublin Society headquarters in the Irish capital.

With these contacts, he seeks to explore whether the formation of government would be possible and in that sense he has reproached the leaders of the two traditional parties – Leo Varadkar of Fine Gael and Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil – who refuse to speak with Sinn Féin.

McDonald has acknowledged that he has been surprised by the increase in support for Sinn Féin and that they should have presented more candidates. “It is a great declaration of change. There is no longer a bipartisan system. People want a different type of government,” he argued.

FIANA FÁIL OPENS THE DOOR TO DIALOGUE

For his part, the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, has expressed his willingness to negotiate a possible government with Sinn Féin or with Fine Gael and has claimed himself as a “democrat” who “listens to people.”

In campaign Martin has ruled out any kind of understanding with McDonald or Varadkar. “I think we should let things calm down,” he told RTE public television. “We will evaluate the complete count and the total numbers of seats,” he said without ruling out possible coalitions at any time.

As a condition for a possible agreement, he has avoided mentioning the “moral” problems with Sinn Féin raised in the campaign for the relationship between McDonald's party and the armed struggle of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Northern Ireland and has focused on Change in the possible government program. “It must be consistent, sustainable and achievable,” he has riveted.

In any case he has recognized a political change, “a different, fragmented picture in which I think it will be very difficult to form a government and I hope there is no period of instability ahead.”

A BAD MARRIAGE

For his part, the leader of the Fine Gael party and outgoing prime minister, Leo Varadkar, has reiterated his rejection of any type of agreement with Sinn Féin. “A forced marriage would not result in a good government,” he said, and warned that “several months” could pass before a new government takes shape.

On a possible agreement with the party that seems to win the elections, he stressed that the Fine Gael “is not compatible with Sinn Féin.” We are willing to dialogue with other parties to form a government and give this country a government that can pass the next five years dealing with the problems we have had to face in recent years, “he said.

“For the moment,” Varadkar rules out talking to McDonald. “I understand that he has said that he seeks to form a leftist coalition that does not include Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael. I don't know if it is possible because of arithmetic, so it will be several weeks until we are in a position to form a government,” he said.

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