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Pro-British Unionists will make up the majority of the next Northern Ireland Executive.....


'First Minister' ... Ian Paisley

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Unionists' 'cabinet' majority


March 10, 2007

UNIONISTS will make up the majority of the next Northern Ireland Executive if power-sharing returns later this month, it emerged last night.

Democratic Unionist Party leader the Rev Ian Paisley is due to be First Minister and Sinn Feinís Martin McGuinness his Deputy after all 108 seats were filled in the Assembly election.

However, it was unclear if power-sharing would be in place by PM Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahernís March 26 devolution deadline.

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain warned the Assembly would close if parties failed to form a government by the deadline.

The final tally of seats saw the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) become the largest party with 36 ó up four ó followed by Sinn Fein (republicans)with 28, also up four.

The DUP insisted any decision they made on power-sharing depends on republicans showing support for the police.

thesun.co.uk