Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny pauses before speaking to the media at the general election count center in Castlebar, Ireland, Feb. 27, 2016.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny pauses before speaking to the media at the general election count center in Castlebar, Ireland, Feb. 27, 2016.

Ireland's shell-shocked leaders are convening for the first time since last weekend's election to plot how to form a new government, a search with no easy answer in a hung parliament.
 
Senior figures in the two-party government of Prime Minister Enda Kenny say their 5-year-old coalition effectively lost Friday's inconclusive election.
 
Three ministers sitting at the Cabinet table Tuesday failed to win re-election, but all ministers will remain in office until a new government is formed.
 
Electoral officials spent a fourth day recounting votes in three constituencies where the validity of ballot papers and accuracy of previous counts is disputed.
 
With six seats still up for grabs in Ireland's 158-member parliament, Kenny's Fine Gael has won 49 seats, opposition Fianna Fail 44, and Kenny's coalition partner Labour just six.

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