Ul­ster politi­cian sets terms for coali­tion

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LON­DON: The leader of the Demo­cratic Union­ist Party (DUP), Ar­lene Fos­ter, would seek to strengthen the unity of the UK and get a good Brexit deal for North­ern Ire­land in talks with the Con­ser­va­tive Party, she said yes­ter­day.

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Con­ser­va­tive Party needs the DUP’s 10 seats to be able to gov­ern af­ter it failed to se­cure an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity in a par­lia­men­tary elec­tion on Thurs­day.

Fos­ter listed three pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing get­ting North­ern Ire­land’s de­volved power-shar­ing gov­ern­ment at Stor­mont work­ing again.

Talks be­tween the DUP and Ir­ish na­tion­al­ists Sinn Fein on form­ing a power-shar­ing gov­ern­ment were due to restart in Belfast later yes­ter­day.

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