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Irish voters have approved the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, in a repeat referendum on the issue.
Election officials announced Saturday that more than 67 percent of voters supported the treaty in Friday's vote.
Prime Minister Brian Cowen welcomed what he called a "resounding yes"
to the treaty, which is aimed at streamlining the decision making in
the 27-nation bloc. Cowen called the vote a good day for Ireland and
EU leaders also welcomed the results.
Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he sees the "yes" vote as
a sign of confidence in the European Union and the role it has played
in responding to the economic crisis.
voters rejected the treaty in a first referendum last year, because of
fears Ireland could lose sovereignty on issues such as abortion and
Friday's second vote was held after EU leaders reaffirmed Ireland's control over those issues.
The treaty is a modified version of a proposed EU constitution that failed when French and Dutch voters rejected it in 2005.
27 EU members must ratify the treaty before it can take effect. Ireland
is the only EU member constitutionally required to subject the
agreement to a national popular vote.
In addition to Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic have not yet completed the ratification process.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.