Irish PM Cowen wins confidence vote
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 10:42
Dublin: Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen's ruling party says their leader has won a confidence vote of lawmakers and will lead them into a spring election.

Cowen's Fianna Fail party says that Cowen won yesterday night's confidential vote versus his only challenger, Foreign Minister Micheal Martin.

To win, Cowen needed to receive a majority of votes from Fianna Fail's 71 lawmakers. Because it was a secret ballot, each vote was recorded and then the ballot paper destroyed. No final vote figures were announced, only a victor.

Cowen sought the confidence vote after suffering months of speculation that he would be forced to resign before an expected spring election. Fianna Fail has fallen to a record-low 14 per cent in recent opinion polls.


First Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 10:42

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