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UK government will not call Northern Ireland elections before 2023, says minister

Deadline passed last week for forming a power-sharing government after elections in May

The UK government will not call fresh elections in Northern Ireland before the end of the year and will announce how it intends to proceed beyond that next week, the Northern Ireland secretary has said.

The deadline passed last week for forming a power-sharing government after elections in May, and Britain’s minister for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, said at the time that he was legally obliged to call new elections within 12 weeks.

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