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A Potentially Bad Thursday for Northern Ireland

Mar 1, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
The Brexit and Northern Ireland
Based on recent opinion polls, the DUP and Sinn Fein will once again be the most popular parties in the upcoming elections. But because their squabbles led to the fall of the last government, they may have a hard time agreeing on a new coalition deal.
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Voters in Northern Ireland will head to the polls on March 2 to choose a new government, albeit ahead of schedule. The region's last administration, elected in May 2016, collapsed in January in the face of growing friction between the nationalist Sinn Fein party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). On top of the social, political and economic challenges that the Brexit will doubtless present, Northern Ireland's next government will also have to contend with the fact that the Good Friday Agreement, the framework responsible for bringing two decades of peace to the restive region, is beginning to wear out....

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