Sinn Fein’s Republicans, who favour a reunification of Northern Ireland with Ireland, gained a large lead over the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which is fiercely attached to ties with the United Kingdom.
The nationalist Sinn Fein party came out on top in the local elections in Northern Ireland on Saturday. The party captured the most seats for the eleven municipal councils in the British province.
Sinn Fein won 143 of the 462 seats in the 11 city councils. The results of six seats were not yet known.
Sinn Fein party leader Michelle O’Neill called the results “historic” and told the BBC that the campaign her party ran had repercussions with voters.