Northern Ireland Assembly

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The Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly was set up after the Belfast Agreement to allow the people of Northern Ireland to run their own government and pass some laws. The United Kingdom parliament can still abolish the assembly, because Northern Ireland is not an independent country, but a part of the United Kingdom.


The assembly is elected using a form of proportional representation voting. The seats of each party after the 2017 election is shown in this table:

Political party Assembly members
2017
D.U.P 28
28 / 90
Sinn Féin 27
27 / 90
S.D.L.P 12
12 / 90
U.U.P 10
10 / 90
Alliance 8
8 / 90
Green 2
2 / 90
People Before Profit Alliance 1
1 / 90
T.U.V 1
1 / 90
Independent Unionist 1
1 / 90