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Alliance Party now official Opposition

Published 11/05/2016

Post-election analysis on BBC and UTV has missed the elephant in the room.

Alliance is the largest political party not to receive sufficient votes to entitle it to be in government as of right and so it is the official Opposition at Stormont - ie unless (1) it is offered the Justice Department again to put it back in the Executive, or (2) one of the other larger parties opts out of the Executive to take that role from it.

BERNARD J MULHOLLAND

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