Irish opposition table no confidence motion on Cowen

Irish opposition party Sinn Fein said on Tuesday it had tabled a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Brian Cowen.

"This Dail (parliament) should have been dissolved by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) last night. Brian Cowen no longer commands a majority in the Dail. He should now put the issue to the test and allow a vote on the motion of no confidence which has been tabled by four Sinn Fein deputies," Sinn Fein said in a statement.

Cowen resisted calls on Monday for a snap election and said he would call an election early in the new year once a crucial rescue budget had been passed by parliament.

[Source: Reuters, Dublin, 23Nov10]

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