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N. Ireland’s Trimble To Quit as Party Leader

David Trimble, a key backer of Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said Saturday that he would resign as the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party after losing a decade-long battle to steer fellow Protestants toward compromise with Roman Catholics. Trimble’s decision to quit followed the Ulster Unionists’ worst-ever performance in British parliamentary elections Thursday. The party, which once dominated politics in this predominantly Protestant territory, retained just one of Northern Ireland’s 18 seats, and the highest-profile loser was Trimble.Full Story

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