Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein is seeking to make history by emerging with the most assembly seats in British-controlled Northern Ireland.
If it emerges as the largest party, Sinn Fein would be able to nominate the province’s First Minister for the first time ever. The election of a First Minister advocating a united Ireland would represent a sea change in the province’s politics.
As the former political wing of the paramilitary Irish Republican Army (IRA), Sinn Fein is committed to a referendum on reunification with the Republic of Ireland to the south.
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