22 Jan '11, 2pm

Irish PM quits as party leader

Irish PM quits as party leader

DUBLIN - Embattled Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen announced Saturday he was stepping down as leader of his Fianna Fail party but would remain as leader of the country ahead of elections on March 11. "Taking everything into account, and having discussed the matter with my family, I have decided on my own counsel to step down as uachtarain (president) of Fianna Fail and leader of Fianna Fail," he told reporters in Dublin. He added: "My intention now is to concentrate fully on government business and on continuing to implement the recovery plan. "My decision will allow the Fianna Fail parliamentary party to elect a new leader to contest the general election and ensure the party fights that campaign in a united and determined manner, free from internal distractions." Despite surviving a confidence vote in his party on Tuesday, Cowen's authority was seriously damaged by a bot...

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