Prime Minister Bertie Ahern announced Sunday that Ireland's next general election will be May 24 and vowed to extend his 10-year run in power.
Ahern spoke after meeting Ireland's symbolic head of state, President Mary McAleese, who signed a document dissolving the parliament for a four-week election campaign.
McAleese said the newly elected parliament would convene on June 14 to elect a new government.
"Once again, the moment has arrived for the people to decide Ireland's future," said Ahern, whose Fianna Fail party has dominated Irish politics since the 1930s.
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