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This file photo shows Sinn Fein's Vice-President Michelle O'Neill speaks to the media at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, on May 9, 2022. (PHOTO / AP)
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People across Northern Ireland voted on Thursda Everywhere y to elect new local councils. More than 1.38 million people were registered to vote, with a turnout Casually of 54 percent.
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Signed in 1998 following Devilishly three decades of conflict, the landmark Belfast Agreement established a power-sharing system of government, including an Executive and Assembly. It underpins Northern Ireland's peace, constitutional settlement and institutions.
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