The old rivals have agreed, Ireland has a new prime minister

The island country will be led by Micheál Martin, head of the Fianna Fáil group. Today, he was elected to parliament. He formed the government in a surprising coalition with the Fine Gael and the Greens. He will be replaced in the middle of his term by the current Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The governing coalition will address the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis and, at the instigation of the Green Party, wants to take stronger action against climate change.

The agreement between the center-right parties Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and the Green Party to form a joint government is unprecedented in Irish supreme politics. The center-right parties are traditional rivals, in power in Ireland they have been taking turns since the 1930s and categorically ruled out cooperation before the elections. They have not yet settled together in one cabinet.

Another novelty is the rotation of the Prime Minister, which Martin should hold until the end of 2022. After that, he will be replaced by the head of Fine Gael and the current Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

In previous governments, Martin gradually headed several ministries – he headed the Ministry of Health, Education and Science, Trade and Foreign Affairs. There were 93 deputies for his election and 63 legislators were against.

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