‘UNA POLTRONA PER DUE’ A STORMONT
Mentre si scatena la bagarre unionista per bloccare la rincorsa di Martin McGuinness alla poltrona di Primo Ministro, il repubblicano di Derry pare disposto a scendere a compromessi pur di sedere sulla poltrona più blasonata di Stormont.
“Se l’elettorato dovesse riconfermare Sinn Féin e DUP i maggiori partiti, sarei pronto a prendere in considerazione il titolo di ‘primo ministro condiviso’, o entrambi Primo Ministro”, ha dichiarato McGuinness.
“Sarebbe bello se si potesse giungere ad un accordo, e se lo Sinn Féin dovesse uscirne come maggior partito, è qualcosa che prenderei in considerazione”.
“La realtà è che all’Assembly, io e Peter (Robinson) abbiamo avuto esattamente gli stessi poteri e autorità”, un fatto questo, sempre sostenuto anche da Gerry Adams.
Intanto i bookmakers puntano tutto sul DUP. E se invece ne uscisse vincitore il terzo incomodo UUP?
McGuinness ready to share First Minister job (UTV)
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has announced that Sinn Féin is prepared to share the First Minister role with the DUP, should the party top the polls in May, UTV can reveal.
“If the electorate return Sinn Féin and the DUP as the largest party, I would be prepared to give consideration to the title of ‘Joint First Minister‘, or both First Minister,” he told UTV.
“It would make sense if we would be able to agree that, and if Sinn Féin were the largest party that is something I will consider.
“The reality is that this term of the Assembly, Peter (Robinson) and I have got exactly the same powers and authority.”
“The odds are still, according to the bookmakers, that the DUP will be the largest party,” Ken Reid said.
Meanwhile the DUP’s Arlene Foster has accused Mr McGuinness of using the comments as an “election ploy” to discourage unionist voters.
“He said I am prepared to consider and that is exactly what he is doing,” she told UTV. “He is putting it out there as an election ploy to say to people don’t be worried don’t bother coming out to vote for unionism because I am not really all that bad and I am considering this.”
UUP leader Tom Elliott said the idea of joint First Ministers “does away” with a major DUP argument going into the election.
He told UTV: “What really concerns us is that this suggestion by Martin McGuinness does away with the fundamental argument the DUP have going into this election of ‘make us the biggest party or you will have someone else as First Minister’.
“The UUP have been to the core of government in NI for years we are not about to step off the stage.”
Mr McGuinness said he has not yet discussed the idea with current First Minister Mr Robinson.
The assembly elections in Northern Ireland are to be held on 5 May.