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Irish PM Brian Cowen not to stand in general election

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen has said he will not contest the upcoming general election.

Earlier this month, Mr Cowen stepped down as Fianna Fail leader but said he would continue running the government.

Last week, former foreign minister Micheal Martin was elected as the new leader of the party.

On Monday evening, Mr Cowen said that Mr Martin had not asked him to stand down. He will remain in office during the election campaign.

Mr Cowen is expected to dissolve parliament on Tuesday.

  • 01 Feb 2011
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