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Frances Fitzgerald resigns to avoid 'unwelcome poll'

Frances Fitzgerald resigns to avoid 'unwelcome poll'
From Al Jazeera - November 28, 2017

The deputy prime minister of Ireland has tendered her resignation, a move that is likely to stave off a government shutdown and snap election.

Frances Fitzgerald's decision to step down on Tuesday came after mounting pressure over the handling of a whistle-blowingcorruption scandal within Ireland's Garda police force.

Irish members of parliament were slated to vote later on Tuesday on a no-confidence motion, filed by the opposition, in Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's minority government.

But now, followingFitzgerald's decision to quit as deputy prime minister and minister for business, enterprise and innovation, no such vote is expected to take place.

In announcing her resignation, Fitzgerald insisted she had done nothing wrong, but said she was standing down"to avoid an unwelcome and potentially destabilising general election at this historically critical time.

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