26 Feb '11, 4am

Ireland counts votes in post-bailout election

Ireland counts votes in post-bailout election

DUBLIN : Irish authorities counted the ballots Saturday after reports of a big turnout as voters vented their anger over the eurozone nation's widely-loathed international financial bailout. Initial exit polls from Friday's election were due out at 8:00 am (0800 GMT), with voters expected to expel the ruling Fianna Fail party and make Prime Minister Brian Cowen's government the first victim of the eurozone debt crisis. State media reported predictions of a turnout of around 70 percent of the 3.1 million people eligible to vote as people flocked to the ballot box to show their fury over the collapse of the "Celtic Tiger" economy. Counting was due to start at 9:00 am and full results are not expected until late Saturday or Sunday. Polling stations closed at 10 pm on Friday. The leader of the main opposition Fine Gael party, former teacher Enda Kenny, 59, is poised to become ...

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