Enda Kenny resigns as Irish prime minister and becomes acting leader

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Image caption Enda Kenny wll be acting taoiseach until a new leader is elected

Enda Kenny has tendered his resignation as Irish prime minister but will continue as acting taoiseach until a successor is appointed.

On Thursday, the first day of the 32nd Irish parliament (Dáil) , Mr Kenny, Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams and Richard Boyd Barrett failed in their bids to be prime minister.

Mr Kenny later tendered his resignation to President Michael D Higgins.

However, he will hold the acting role until the Dáil meets again on 22 March.

Talks on the formation of a new government continue.

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