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The Stormont Assembly sitting on Saturday.  Credit: Kevin Boyes, Press Eye

The Stormont Assembly sitting on Saturday. Credit: Kevin Boyes, Press Eye

Arlene Foster from DUP with party colleagues  pictured at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes  / Press Eye.

Arlene Foster from DUP with party colleagues pictured at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Michelle O'Neill from Sinn Fein with party colleagues  pictured at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes  / Press Eye.

Michelle O'Neill from Sinn Fein with party colleagues pictured at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood leads his party through the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings in east Belfast to enter the Assembly chamber. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood leads his party through the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings in east Belfast to enter the Assembly chamber. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Naomi Long, Alliance Party with party colleagues  pictured at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes  / Press Eye.

Naomi Long, Alliance Party with party colleagues pictured at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

UUP leader Steve Aiken leads his party through the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings in east Belfast to enter the Assembly chamber. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

UUP leader Steve Aiken leads his party through the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings in east Belfast to enter the Assembly chamber. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

TUV leader Jim Allister makes his way through the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings in east Belfast to enter the Assembly chamber. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

TUV leader Jim Allister makes his way through the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings in east Belfast to enter the Assembly chamber. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The Stormont Assembly sitting on Saturday. Credit: Kevin Boyes, Press Eye

The Northern Ireland Assembly has sat for the first time in three years with MLAs nominating a new power sharing Executive including all five main parties.

As expected DUP leader Arlene Foster was returned as First Minister with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill appointed as deputy First Minister.

Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey was named as Speaker, while deputy speakers roles were taken by the DUP's Christopher Stalford, SDLP's Patsy McGlone and UUP's Roy Beggs.

The junior ministers for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister are the DUP's Gordon Lyons and Sinn Fein's Declan Kearney.

Earlier the UUP and Alliance confirmed they were joining the DUP, Sinn Fein and SDLP in the new power sharing administration.

Here is the full list of ministers:

First Minister: Arlene Foster

Deputy First Minister: Michelle O'Neill

Justice Minister: Naomi Long

Minister for the Economy: Diane Dodds

Minister for Finance: Conor Murphy

Minister for Education: Peter Weir

Minister for Communities: Deirdre Hargey

Minister for Infrastructure: Nichola Mallon

Minister for Health: Robin Swann

Minister for Agriculture: Edwin Poots

Follow how the first session of the Assembly unfolded here:

Belfast Telegraph