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Irish PM Brian Cowen faces vote for leadership

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen has said he is confident of winning a vote within his party on his leadership.

The secret ballot comes just months after Ireland was forced to seek an 85bn-euro ($113bn) bail-out from the EU and IMF for its stricken economy.

If he loses the crucial vote it could trigger a general election.

Mark Simpson reports.

  • 18 Jan 2011
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