DUP-Sinn Fein coalition restored in N.Ireland

DUP-Sinn Fein coalition restored in N.Ireland

Jan 14, 2020

Belfast(Northern Ireland), Jan 14: Two major political parties in Northern Ireland have restored a power-sharing government, putting an end to a three-year impasse.
Since the 1960s, Northern Ireland was plagued by violence between Protestants and Catholics. More than 3,000 people lost their lives in the conflicts.
The coalition government of the pro-UK Democratic Unionist Party, or DUP, and Sinn Fein supported by Catholics, was established following a 1998 peace deal.
But the coalition collapsed in 2017 and left the region in a political vacuum.
Last year, both the DUP and Sinn Fein began talks mediated by the governments of Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
The two sides restored the coalition government last week.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Belfast on Monday and called it a great day because the Northern Ireland politicians had put aside their differences, stepped up to the plate and shown leadership.
With Britain preparing to leave the European Union, border control between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is one of the key issues that has complicated Brexit negotiations with the EU.
Attention is focused on whether the reestablished government will play a leading role in stabilizing the region.
Source: NHK World