Irish PM to call February national election – president’s office

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DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament on Tuesday in order to hold a parliamentary election in February, the president’s office said in a statement.

The Irish Times and national broadcaster RTE said Varadkar had told his ministers the ballot would be on Feb. 8.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by John Stonestreet

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