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  • Ireland voted Friday in European parliamentary elections, local elections and for a referendum that would reform divorce.

    Ireland voted Friday in European parliamentary elections, local elections and for a referendum that would reform divorce. | Photo: EFE

Published 24 May 2019 (2 hours 50 minutes ago)

According to the RTE, the "yes" vote ending these restrictions could win with 87% of votes.

The ruling Christian Democrat party in Ireland Fine Gae (FG)l, are slated to win the European elections Friday. At the same time, an overwhelming majority has approved a referendum also held today that would reform divorce law, according to an exit poll survey by the public network RTE.

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The exit poll also announced that FG and the main opposition Fianna Fail party are closely matched in the local elections with both receiving 23% of the votes.

Just over three million people were called to the polls in Ireland this Friday to participate in European and local elections, and on the popular referendum on divorce.

According to the RTE survey, Fine Gael, the part of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, could win four of the 13 seats that Ireland will have in the next European Parliament.

The rest could be shared among Fianna Fail, leftist-nationalist Sinn Fein, and the Green Party, which has gained prominence after a campaign in which environmental issues were heavily emphasized.

The Irish people also spoke out in a referendum on a government proposal to soften the current divorce law, which states that the official termination of a marriage is only granted when the spouses have lived separately for four of the previous five years.

According to the RTE, the "yes" vote ending these restrictions could win with 87% of votes, compared to 12% of "no" votes.

The final distribution of seats in local administrations and in Strasbourg will depend to a large extent on the transfer of votes among candidates, as allowed by the complex Irish electoral system.

The results of the local elections and the referendum could be known on Saturday afternoon, while the results of the European elections will not be released until Sunday night, once voting has concluded in the rest of the EU bloc countries.

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