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Election Sets Back Accord in N. Ireland

Hard-line political parties on both sides of Northern Ireland’s Protestant-Catholic divide triumphed Friday in elections for the local legislature, putting in doubt the future of the power-sharing agreement that lies at the heart of the peace process in the British province. Among Protestant voters, the Democratic Unionist Party, led by Rev. Ian Paisley defeated the more moderate Ulster Unionists under David Trimble, one of the prime movers in the peace process and lead minister in the now-dismantled local government. Even in Trimble’s party, several opponents of the agreement won election, giving Protestants who reject the power-sharing deal a solid majority. Full Story

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