Sinn Fein names Michelle O'Neill as new leader in North­ern Ire­land

Pakistan Today (Karachi) - - FOREIGN NEWS -

Sinn Fein named Michelle O'Neill to suc­ceed Martin McGuin­ness and lead the Ir­ish na­tion­al­ist party into North­ern Ir­ish elec­tions in March, mark­ing a shift to­wards a gen­er­a­tion not di­rectly in­volved in decades of con­flict. McGuin­ness, a key fig­ure through­out five decades of con­flict and peace, bowed out of pol­i­tics last week, say­ing ill­ness and North­ern Ire­land's cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cri­sis had led to him to step down sev­eral months ear­lier than planned. "It's a huge hon­our and a big, big priv­i­lege for me to be cho­sen be the new leader in the north and fol­low in the foot­steps of Martin McGuin­ness, a po­lit­i­cal gi­ant," O'Neill, 40, said in a video posted on the party's so­cial me­dia page.

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