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Northern Ireland sets March 2 election after government collapse

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 01:12

Britain's Northern Ireland minister on Monday (January 16) called an early election in the province for March 2, a week after the resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness led to the fall of its eight-month-old devolved government. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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A political impasse in Northern Ireland sending the province to an early election. Sinn Fein refusing on Monday (January 16) to nominate a new deputy first minister following the resignation of Martin McGuiness. Saying it's now up to the people to have their say. Forcing their assembly to be dissolved. McGuiness resigning a week ago in protest at First Minister Arlene Foster's handling of a controversial green-energy scheme. Triggering the crisis and risking political paralysis in the region on the brink of Brexit talks. British Prime Minister Theresa May failing in a last-ditch attempt to get the parties to overcome their differences. Stressing political stability would give the province a stronger voice in Britain's Brexit preparations. The election to take place on March second. The mood on Belfast's streets one of indifference and frustration. Younger people fed up the power sharing agreement hasn't delivered what was promised 20 years ago when the Good Friday agreement ended three decades of violence.

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Northern Ireland sets March 2 election after government collapse

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 01:12