Northern Ireland breaks years of deadlock with new leaders
13 January 2020 | 6:17 am
The country has had its main parties at loggerheads since January 2017 but now that has come to an end. The DUP's Arlene Foster has been appointed as First Minister, with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill her deputy.
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