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Stormont Assembly takes shape

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Counting is continuing in the election for the Northern Ireland Assembly. Almost 250 candidates are standing in 18 constituencies for the 108 seats in the Stormont Assembly.

It is hoped the vote will lead to an agreement on power-sharing between Protestants and Catholics.

As early results are coming out, the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein are polling most strongly of all parties.

DUP leader Ian Paisley has been re-elected to the Assembly, topping the poll in North Antrim.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is also among the first declared winners.

The 58-year-old topped the poll in his long-time power base of Catholic West Belfast.

As the winners are decided by a complex proportional representation system, it will take at least two days before the final results are calculated.