Irish leader Leo Varadkar resigned last night after suffering a crushing defeat in a parliamentary vote.
The Fine Gael party leader added he would stay on as caretaker leader after he tended his resignation to Irish President Michael Higgins.
He will be staying on as interim leader while the country’s three main parties battle out deadlocked coalition talks after the inconclusive election.
Varadkar ‘has this evening conveyed to the president his resignation from office,’ the government said in a statement.
‘In accordance with the constitution, the [prime minister] and the government will continue to carry on their duties until successors have been appointed.’