Irish prime minister calls June 6 election
May 15, 1997
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DUBLIN, Ireland (CNN) -- Defying opinion polls that show his
"Rainbow Coalition" at a disadvantage, Prime Minister John
Bruton on Thursday called for national elections June 6.
He told members of the Irish parliament that he expects
to rally public support by focusing on jobs and prosperity.
In recent polls, Bruton's government has lagged by up to 15
percentage points behind its opposition, which includes
Ireland's largest party, Fianna Fail.
Bruton has taken a cautious approach to peace talks in
British-ruled Northern Ireland, and has refused to talk with
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams since the Irish Republican Army
broke a cease-fire in February 1996.
In contrast, Fianna Fail leader Bertie Ahern says he will be
more assertive toward Britain, and met with Adams as recently
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