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  Northern Ireland Assembly fails to elect new speaker after DUP leader blocks formation of government
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 13, 2022 11:13am
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News DateFriday, May 13, 2022 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNorthern Ireland's Stormont Assembly has failed to elect a new speaker after the DUP said it would not support the process.

It means that the devolved administration is unable to function following last week's election, which saw Sinn Fein emerge as the largest party for the first time.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the move was part of a protest against the Northern Ireland protocol.

He said he is sending a "clear message" to the EU and UK government about resolving problems with the post-Brexit trading agreement.

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill accused him of "denying democracy" and said his action "isn't tolerable, it isn't acceptable, it isn't good enough".

She said the DUP has "punished the electorate" and that "the public deserve better".
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