January 14, 2020 / 1:17 PM / in 7 months

Irish PM calls national election for Feb. 8

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives at the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he would ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament in order to hold a parliamentary election on February 8.

“I always said that the election should happen at the best time for the country. Now is that time,” Varadkar told a news conference.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin and Graham Fahy; editing by John Stonestreet

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