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Sinn Féin wins for the first time in Northern Ireland and will raise the unification debate.

In the absence of final results, Northern Ireland’s nationalist party Sinn Féin is already celebrating its historic victory in regional elections in Northern Ireland. And it does so with a call to form a unionized government that is weakened and divided by the influence of Brexit in the British province.

Citizens are demanding a unified executive that “solves day-to-day problems,” said Sinn Féin Northern Ireland candidate and leader Michelle O’Neill, who will run for chief minister next week. A position that has never been taken by a Nationalist politician since the founding of Northern Ireland after the Partition of Ireland Agreement in 1922 and has been dominated by trade union formations ever since.

“I will offer,” he promised, “leadership that is inclusive, celebrates diversity, guarantees rights and equality for those who have been excluded, discriminated against or ignored in the past.”

The Vice President of Sinn Féin, a former political spokesman for the now dormant IRA and an advocate for Irish reunification, stressed that the province had entered a “new era” and that polls showed the electorate wanted a government that “has room for everyone, everyone together”.

Michelle O’Neill is running for Chief Minister, a position that no Nationalist politician has held since the founding of Northern Ireland.

Belfast’s autonomous executive has been put on hold after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the majority for the last 20 years, caused it to fall due to their opposition to the Brexit Protocol for Northern Ireland.

Throughout the campaign, its leader, Jeffrey Donaldson, who had already publicly conceded defeat, warned that he would not enter a Republican-led government unless negotiations between London and Brussels led to the repeal of some aspects of the protocol.

In that sense, Donaldson said today that his party will make a decision on the issue next week, while handing over responsibility for dealing with this crisis to Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The official recognition of the DUP occurred when 80% of the votes were counted. With more than two-thirds counted, 23 out of 90 seats are held by Sinn Féin compared to 19 won by unions. With the current forecast of votes, the formation in favor of the reunification of the island for the first time in 101 years of the constitution of the territory will come under the authority of the government of Northern Ireland.

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Reunification was not part of the Sinn Féin campaign. “This is not something we can control, it rather depends on what the governments of London and Dublin decide, and, above all, on the will of the people,” O’Neill herself said just 72 hours ago.

But this outcome could have a significant impact on the future of the province, the Republic of Ireland, Brexit, the United Kingdom and its relationship with the European Union. The victory of the Republicans opens the door to the reunification of the island, if in 2025 they also win in the south and lead the government, the prospect is not at all far-fetched.

The self-governing Ulster Assembly has 90 seats, and in the last election the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) won 28 seats, Sinn Féin 27, SDLP (Social Democratic and Labor Party, Catholic) 12, OUP (Ulster Unionist Party). party) 10, the Alliance Party (non-denominational and not affiliated with any community) 7 and TUV 1, with the rest divided between the Greens and various independents. The Good Friday Agreements establish that a majority vote appoints a prime minister and a second majority votes a deputy prime minister. But if one of them decides not to participate, there will be no government.


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