Alex Kane: Election results show smaller parties must leave executive or be destroyed

Eamonn McCann waiting the results with SDLP leader and fellow candidate Colum Eastwood during the NI Assembly election count at the Foyle arena in Derry city on Friday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin 
IT was a dull election with a result which most of us expected. About the same number of people voted as voted at the last Assembly election in 2011 and voted pretty much the same way. 102 of the 108 MLAs are from the big five parties; the other six made up of two Greens, two People Before Profit (the only new party in the Assembly), one TUV and the Independent, Claire Sugden. The DUP and Sinn Féin - with 66 between them - have a clear mandate to continue working together at the heart of the Executive. The very best thing that could happen now would be for the other parties to [...]

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