Northern Ireland Assembly Elections 2022

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May 28, 2022

Elections for the Assembly of Northern Ireland were held on 5 May 2022. 90 members of the Northern Ireland Assembly were elected, and it was the seventh parliamentary election since its establishment in 1998. The election took place three months after Northern Ireland's executive fell due to the resignation of First Minister Paul Givan . Sinn Féin has become the largest party, the first time the Republican Party has won the most votes in Northern Ireland, and thus will have the right to nominate the first Minister of Northern Ireland. The Alliance has also achieved great success, surpassing the Ulster Unionist Party and the Social Democratic and Labor Parties.

Background

Election events

In May 2013, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Willie announced that the next parliamentary elections would be postponed to May 2016 and would be held at fixed intervals of five years thereafter. Section 7 of the Northern Ireland Act (miscellaneous provisions) of 2014 specifies that elections will be held on the first Thursday in May of the fifth calendar year following the election of its predecessor, 5 May 2022. However, there are several circumstances in which the Assembly may be dissolved before the date provided for in Article 31 (1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. In June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, although Northern Ireland voted to remain. The withdrawal process had particular uncertainty for Northern Ireland due to the potential for customs on the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Meanwhile, early elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly were held in March 2017. After the election, Sinn Fein said he would not return to the power-sharing agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party without significant changes in the party's approach, including Arlin Foster not becoming prime minister. until the investigation into the scandal over the promotion of renewable heat sources is completed. Over the next few years, the deadline for forming the executive was extended several times as negotiations continued without success. On April 18, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May called for general elections on June 8, 2017. The Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority and tra�