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Hain warns Stormont Assembly could be closed down

Published 04/03/2007

The Northern Secretary Peter Hain has warned the North's politicians that they have a "stark choice" to make, either to participate in a power-sharing executive, or have the Assembly closed down.

If the executive is not set up by March 26, Mr Hain said he would have no choice but to abolish the Stormont institution.

Speaking to Sky News, he described Wednesday's elections as a "tremendous" opportunity to move forward.

The Northern Secretary believes there's "every prospect" of a functioning executive being established by the deadline, with DUP leader Ian Paisley as First Minister and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness as his deputy.

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