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Arlene Foster appointed Northern Ireland first minister
A compromise deal agreed Friday night ended three years of deadlock.
By Laura Kayali
Updated 1/11/20, 4:06 PM CET
The Northern Ireland Assembly appointed Arlene Foster as first minister on Saturday after a compromise deal ended years of deadlock.
Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, was first minister in the last government. Michelle O’Neill, vice president of Sinn Féin, was named deputy first minister.
The Stormont assembly sat for the first time in three years following the two parties’ decision Friday to agree to a deal — brokered by the U.K. and Irish governments — to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland.
“Today we will re-establish an Executive after three years of stalemate … We won’t solve every problem immediately but local Ministers will get on with key reforms in schools and hospitals,” Foster tweeted.
O’Neill said: “It is time for an assembly of equality, integrity and that delivers first class public services for all citizens.”
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