Election result in Northern Ireland reveals surprising outcome

The Stormont snap election results has significantly altered the make-up of Northern Ireland devolved Assembly. Sinn Fein (SF) captured 27 seats of the 90 seats filled and the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) down to 28 seats. The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) ended up with 12 seats, which was their strongest showing in recent years. The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) elected only 10 seats and fell to fourth largest party. The UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt announced his resignation after this poor showing. The former first minister Arlene Foster (DUP) is going to face intense scrutiny after her party fell below the threshold to trigger a contentious Stormont veto mechanism. DUP entered the election 10 seats ahead of Sinn Fein but slashed to a solitary seat ahead as the republican support surged. All these results of the election may be rendered moot if the main parties fail to strike a deal to form a new power sharing executive with three weeks time. If that proves impossible to do the government would be obliged to call yet another snap election or it may instead opt to put Stormont in a cold storage mode and reintroduce direct rule by England.

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