Monday, May 9, 2011

Unionists win elections in Northern Ireland, followed by Sinn Fein

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) won the elections of Northern Ireland to achieve 38 seats, followed by Sinn Fein with 29, a result which strengthens them as the main representatives of the Protestant and Catholic, respectively. The final results of the elections held on Thursday confirmed the stalemate in which were once primal forces of the province, considered politically moderate Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), the SLDP, political training that began with peaceful marches in the late 60's last fight for the rights of Catholics, won 14 seats, while the UUP was left with 16.

The DUP went to the elections with 36 deputies, followed by Sinn Fein, (28) the UUP (18), the SDLP (16) and the Alliance Party (7), formation composed of Catholics and Protestants that has added an additional seat Castle in the Stormont parliament in Belfast. The DUP leader, Peter Robinson, will hold the post of chief minister, while the "number two" of Sinn Fein, Martin McGuinness as his deputy repeated in a self-contained power-sharing executive which will have even more weight.

Despite the economic crisis affecting the region, voters at the polls confirmed his satisfaction with the political settlement between, until a few years ago, irreconcilable enemies. In fact, his government has been the only one who has completed a full term since the beginning of the peace process for more than 13 years, helped by the disarmament of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), a former paramilitary arm of Sinn Fein.

This political stability is threatened without success, for now, by the violence of the IRA splinter groups opposed to the process, has caused a leak of as moderate votes to the DUP and Sinn Fein. In a less "tribal", another part of Catholic and Protestant voters now give your vote to groups like the Alliance Party, independents and the Greens, who kept his seat.

The victory of the Unionists is also a personal triumph for Robinson, after he lost his seat last year in Parliament in London after the British general election. Then punished at the polls by sexual and financial scandals of his wife Iris, the Protestant leader was reelected to the Assembly on this occasion with a large number of votes for the constituency of East Belfast, it gave him back a year ago .

Sinn Fein has also managed to meet these elections without the presence on the list of its president and most charismatic leader, Gerry Adams, who resigned their seats in Belfast and London to appear in February general elections of the Republic of Ireland where he won a seat. In this context, emphasizes a return to Stormont political veteran Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV), who left the ranks of the DUP for his opposition to the formation of a power-sharing executive with Sinn Fein.

After winning a single seat for this training, you, Allister said that during the next term will become "one China in the shoe" of the DUP and Sinn Fein.

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