Dublin, Michael D Higgins has been re-elected

as Irish president after receiving 56% of the country’s election vote.

Businessman Peter Casey came second with 23.1% while none

of the other four candidates polled more than 10%.

Higgins, the first incumbent in 50 years to face a challenge in

his bid for a second term, won with 822,566 votes.

Londonderry businessman Peter Casey took significantly more

votes than the final opinion polls of the campaign had predicted. His

final tally was 342,727, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency