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Maskey welcomes election announcement

21 October, 2003

Responding to reports that the British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to announce that elections to the Assembly are to proceed on November 26th, South Belfast Sinn Féin representative Alex Maskey said:

"The announcement of a definite date for the Assembly elections is obviously a welcome move. They should never have been cancelled.

" Since then Sinn Fein has campaigned, argued and lobbied relentlessly for an election to allow the people to have their say. Last week I said that I believed that the British government had accepted this logic. Today's announcement confirms this.

"We will now proceed into an election campaign, and it is my belief that the electorate will seize the opportunity of this new dynamic which can see the peace process move forward and the outstanding elements of the Good Friday Agreement implemented." ENDS

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