Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party that wants to liberate Northern Ireland from British authority to create a united Ireland, won the most seats in the Belfast legislature.
“Sinn Féin is ready to work with others to deliver real change & make politics work,” said Sinn Fein’s Vice President Michelle O’Neill.
Official results showed that Sinn Fein received 29% of first-preference votes for the regional parliament, much ahead of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party’s 21.3%.
Sinn Fein is committed to reunification with the Republic of Ireland to the south, as the former political wing of the militant Irish Republican Army (IRA).
According to O’Neill a “healthy conversation” regarding Irish reunification is “already underway,” and added that a “healthy debate” for the future of Ireland must be held.
Northern Ireland has been dominated by pro-British unionist parties who are mostly supported by the region’s Protestant population for a century.
“It’s time to get to work, to put money in the pockets of workers and families to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, and start to fix our health service,” said Sinn Fein in a tweet.
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