LONDON, Jan 11 . –
The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Arlene Foster, has been elected principal minister of Northern Ireland after the historic agreement with the Republican party Sinn Féin that has allowed to restore the autonomy of the region under sovereignty of the United Kingdom after three years of suspension
“Other members of this House are Irish Republicans and I am a unionist with a strong British identity, but despite our differences, we must look for a common place,” said Foster in his speech before the Norwegian Parliament meeting at Stormont Palace , according to the Norwegian press.
“We agree that there has been too much suffering and that we cannot allow society to enter into a retrograde drift of division,” he said.
Along with Foster, Sinn Féin leader Michelle O'Neill has also been appointed vice prime minister after a parliamentary session in which the historic pact has materialized in which the Social Democratic and Labor Party (SDLP), the Unionist Party of the Ulster (UUP) and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.
O'Neill meanwhile stressed that the priorities of the new government will be health, education and employment. “We can do it by keeping our political identities differentiated and working in the best interest of all the people,” he said.
The agreement also provides for the appointment of Alex Maskey of Sinn Féin as president of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.