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Ireland’s Parliament decided to give caretaker Prime Minister Charles Haughey until Thursday for another attempt to form a government, raising the likelihood that his failure to do so could result in another snap election. Haughey told Parliament: “I do not regard a general election as the solution to our present difficulties. . . . It would be a Doomsday solution.” The biggest stumbling block in forming a new government is Haughey’s refusal to consider sharing power in a coalition, even after last month’s inconclusive general election left him worse off than before. Haughey was forced to resign last Thursday after failing to be reelected as prime minister for the fourth time.


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