Close NI Assembly election finishes with DUP and Sinn Féin remaining the two biggest parties

Sinn Fein has had its best results ever in the Northern Ireland assembly elections – triggered by the collapse of the power sharing agreement six weeks ago
The nationalist party is now just one seat behind the DUP – which has taken 28 of the 90 seats available.
They remain the two biggest parties, and will have to try to work together again to form a new power-sharing government.
Sinn Fein’s leader Michelle O’Neill says she accepts team-work will be crucial:

The previous administration collapsed over DUP leader Arlene Foster’s links to the so-called cash for ash controversy.
The former First Minister admits Sinn Fein had a good election:

NI Assembly election result breakdown:
DUP – 28
Sinn Féin – 27
SDLP – 12
UUP – 10
Other – 5


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