Irish PM Kenny steps down as party leader

Kenny says he will carry out his duties in acting capacity until his successor is elected

Irish PM Kenny steps down as party leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced Wednesday that he was stepping down as the leader of his party Fine Gael.

"Last year, I indicated that I would not lead the FG Party into the next General Election. I have decided to implement this decision today," Kenny said in a written statement posted on his Twitter account.

"Therefore, I will retire as leader of Fine Gael effective from midnight tonight 17th May 2017," he said.

Kenny will remain as a party leader in acting capacity until his successor is elected. The new leader is expected be announced on June 2.

In his announcement, Kenny said he would allow the new leader "brief but appropriate period" to engage with other political parties before standing aside.

The 66-year old leader has been Fine Gael's chairman since 2002 and the prime minister since 2011.

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