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Early results show that there could be several options on the table to form a new government.
The Republican left wing party Sinn Féin came second in the parliamentary election in Ireland, a shock that surprised many.
With 24.5% of the vote, the party shocked the election, becoming the ost voted party, and the second in seats, with 37. Leader Mary Lou McDonald called to be given the option to enter the new government.
According to analysts, the left-leaning party succeeded in offering hopes to voters on issues such as the shortage of housing, rocketing rents and homelessness. The party advocates for a united Ireland (with Northern Irelan) and has had ties in the past with terrorist group IRA.
The Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael lost votes and came third with 21%, and 35 Members of Parliament.
Fianna Fáil, with around 22%, will be the biggest force ni the Dáil, with 38 of the 160 seats.
The main conclusion after the count is that none of the biggest parties will have a majority.
As in other countries, the Green Party also celebrated good results and could become a kingmaker.
The turnout in the election was 63%.