Irish Premier Brian Cowen Resigns As Party Leader, Stays As Prime Minister

DUBLIN — Prime Minister Brian Cowen announced Saturday that he has resigned as leader of Ireland’s dominant Fianna Fail party but intends to keep leading the government through the March 11 election. Opposition chiefs demanded his imme…

DUBLIN — Prime Minister Brian Cowen announced Saturday that he has resigned as leader of Ireland’s dominant Fianna Fail party but intends to keep leading the government through the March 11 election. Opposition chiefs demanded his immediate ouster as premier.

Cowen’s surprise move capped a week of political crises that brought his coalition government to the brink of collapse.

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