Sinn Fein surge changes face of Northern Ireland’s government

A remarkable day’s counting in the elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly saw Unionists lose overall control of the Stormont legislature for the first time after a surge of support for Sinn Fein. UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, who had advocated transferring votes across traditional sectarian lines, resigned after a poor showing by his party.

“We will get there,” he said. “Some day Northern Ireland will vote as a normal democracy. We will vote in a post-sectarian election, but it’s now clear it will not happen during the duration of my political career.”








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