What now for Northern Ireland as Stormont assembly grinds to halt?

The DUP has moved to stall power sharing by refusing to back the election of a new speaker

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The Democratic Unionist party has chosen not to back the election of a new speaker for the Northern Ireland assembly as members gathered for the first time after last week’s elections.

The move, which leaves the assembly unable to function, marks an escalation after the party previously indicated it would not nominate for the position of deputy first minister because of its hostility to the post-Brexit trading arrangements.

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