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British PM Johnson hails "momentous" restoration of N.Ireland institutions

LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday praised Northern Ireland's political parties for reaching a "fair and balanced deal" after three years of deadlock and said the restoration of the region's executive would improve lives.

"This is a momentous day," Johnson said in a statement after Northern Ireland's elected Assembly returned to work and swore in a First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

"As we begin a new decade, we can now look forward to a brighter future for all in Northern Ireland with an Executive that can transform public services and improve people’s lives," he said.
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