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Irish main opposition calls for immediate election

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Ireland’s main opposition party, Fine Gael, called on Monday for an immediate election after support from within the government’s own ranks crumbled.

Public anger toward Ireland’s government -- led by Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s Fianna Fail party -- has reached boiling point over its perceived mishandling of the country’s economic and financial crisis.

“What is needed now is an immediate general election so that a new government, with a clear parliamentary majority, can prepare the four year economic plan, complete negotiations with the EU and IMF and frame a budget for 2011,” Enda Kenny said in an emailed statement.

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