Attention turns to ministerial appointments in the North

Talks on the formation of a new Government in Stormont are set to get underway following the completion of the count in the North's Assembly elections.

Talks on the formation of a new Government in Stormont are set to get underway following the completion of the count in the North's Assembly elections.

Both the DUP and Sinn Féin improved on their performance in 2007 and remain the two most dominant parties.

DUP won the most seats with 38, the First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson dedicated his win to murdered Catholic PSNI officer Ronan Kerr, while Sinn Féin are up one to 29.

Meanwhile, in the fall-out from the count the Ulster Unionist Leader, Tom Elliott said heis standing by his controversial comments made after he was elected, amid heckling from Sinn Féin supporters.

But, Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness said the remarks were "childish", and that the mask had slipped.

The Alliance leader, David Ford, said they were despicable and has accused Tom Elliott of trying to "outdo" Jim Allister, the leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice Party.

Attention will now turn to filling ministerial positions, after all 108 seats in the Northern Assembly were decided.

The DUP won the most seats with 38, compared to 36 last time.

Sinn Féin have 29, up one.

The Ulster Unionists have 16 seats, down 2.

The SDLP are also down 2, with 14.

The Alliance have gained a seat with a new total of 8.

The Greens still have one, and the Traditional Unionist Voice have won their first seat.

Whilst David McClarty is the only independent.

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