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Summary

  1. All 90 MLAs have now been elected
  2. DUP is still biggest party, but Sinn Féin closes gap
  3. For first time, Unionists won't have overall majority
  4. Sinn Féin's share of first preference votes up by 4%
  5. Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt resigns

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Another election has been and gone

That's all the live reaction we have for now after a momentous assembly election.

You can keep up-to-date with all the developments here . Will we see orange and green side by side in the assembly any time soon? 

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Unionism 'must learn lessons'

Unionists had 40 members in first NI parliament

SDLP performance 'victory for devolution'

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says his party's performance in the election was "a victory for those who chose devolution over direct rule, for those who want power-sharing to work".

Colum Eastwood
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"It is now incumbent on all parties to ensure that power is retained in our assembly, not handed back to Theresa May and James Brokenshire," he said.  

Election colour: Breakdown of votes

Here's how the first preference votes broke down: 

FPV breakown
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Now focus on forming executive - CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says following the election MLAs must refocus their efforts on forming a functioning devolved executive.

Angela McGown
BBC

"To successfully steer us through this challenging period, and facilitate the creation of a competitive economy that can generate 50,000 new jobs by 2021, business needs a fully functioning Executive that delivers long term political stability," said the CBI's Angela McGowan.

Unionist division must end says DUP MLA

Newly elected Upper Bann MLA Jonathan Buckley of the DUP says the days of unionist division must end.

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"There has to be closer co-operation for those that are unionist by conviction and want to see the union maintained," he says. 

SDLP leader 'could have backed Nesbitt more'

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood could have backed Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt more, party colleague says.

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Donaldson doesn't want to focus on personalities

SF TD: election result 'decisive not divisive'

Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald says her party taking 27 seats in the assembly election was a "massive affirmation of the politics of Sinn Féin over the last ten years." 

Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald
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Speaking on RTÉ radio about her party being just one seat behind the DUP, she said: "This is not a numbers game in terms of unionism versus nationalism. It's a real change in the political charge and a decisive moment, not a divisive one."  

UUP should take time to pick new leader - Kennedy

Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy says Mike Nesbitt showed great dignity in his resignation and the party should take time to pick a new leader.

Danny Kennedy
BBC

Mr Kennedy, who lost his seat in Newry and Armagh, said he had believed a surge in the Sinn Féin vote was likely ahead of the election and "ultimately it was that tide that swept us".

Foster 'won election for wrong party'

People Before Profit's Eamonn McCann says that Arlene Foster won the election "but won it for the wrong party".

Eamonn McCann
Press Eye

He said some of her comments about issues like the Irish language "felt to hundreds of thousands of people as disdain" and helped to get the vote out for Sinn Féin.

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Farry: 'Danger of drift'

Alliance's Stephen Farry, who was re-elected as an MLA in North Down, says it's crucial Sinn Féin and the DUP establish a government in the coming weeks to avoid "drift" over forthcoming Brexit negotiations. 

Stephen Farry, Alliance MLA
BBC

He said: "Northern Ireland is facing its biggest challenge at a time of our greatest weakness, in terms of any notion of clear and coherent government. And if we don't have that, then there is the danger of drift."

McCrea: UUP needs to assess its 'relevance'

Former NI21 leader Basil McCrea says the Ulster Unionist Party needs to ask "where it sees itself in the electoral framework and if there is any relevance to the party" in the wake of the assembly election results. 

Basil McCrea, former leader of NI21
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The ex-Ulster Unionist MLA, added that the role of the next party leader should be to "negotiate a settlement with somebody, to find some kind of arrangement with the DUP or, potentially, the SDLP".

Return to direct rule 'would be abdication of responsibility'

SDLP South Belfast MLA Clare Hanna says that with no budget in place and no plans for Brexit, a return to direct rule would be "an abdication of responsibility".

Clare Hanna
BBC

"Those parties who went out and sought a big tough guy mandate yesterday, and got it in some respects, the pressure should be on them to actually deliver," she said.

What next for Stormont?

NI Assembly election

Sinn Féin has made major gains in the Northern Ireland Assembly election, finishing just one seat behind the Democratic Unionist Party.  

What happens next
BBC

So what happens next at Stormont after Friday's results?  

SDLP's Mallon says party had 'good result'

Nichola Mallon says the SDLP taking 12 seats in the Assembly election is a "good result" for her party. 

Nichola Mallon, SDLP MLA for north Belfast
BBC

The North Belfast MLA added: "Other parties played the sectarian card, they picked on issues that would divide people. We didn't and we believe that we have seen an endorsement of that."

Elliott won't speculate on UUP leadership

Former Ulster Unionist leader, Tom Elliott, says he won't speculate on who might be the next leader of the party after Mike Nesbitt's resignation. 

Tom Elliott, former Ulster Unionist leader
BBC

When asked on BBC Radio Ulster if he would throw his hat into the ring, Mr Elliott said: "Once you've done your term, it's more difficult to go back and have another go." 

Pressure on Foster to resign, says ex-SF man

Former Sinn Fein MLA Daithí McKay says that by resigning so quickly, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt "put pressure on Arlene Foster to follow suit".

Daithí McKay
BBC

When asked on Radio Ulster if he thinks Mrs Foster "is toast", he replies "I think she is".

Idea of opposition damaged says Trimble

NI Assembly election

Lord Trimble says "the idea of the opposition has been badly damaged" by the election results. "That's a bad thing."

Lord Trimble
BBC

He says the DUP and Sinn Fein can reach an agreement "if they want to", but believes there "might be a little bit of posturing" between the two parties.

Lyttle hails big result for Alliance

NI as political entity 'in question'

Former SDLP MLA Alban Maginness says that "what will now consume people is the very existence of this place as a political entity".

Alban Maginness
BBC

He says the middle ground has been rejected and if the DUP and Sinn Féin do return to government it will be "a rather steely co-existence that doesn't represent real partnership".

Villiers hopes DUP and SF can resolve differences

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers hopes the DUP and Sinn Féin can find a compromise so a return to direct rule can be avoided. 

Theresa Villiers
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"I hope they can find a way to resolve the differences between the two largest parties in Northern Ireland - it's absolutely not in the interests of the people of Northern Ireland to return to direct rule," she says.

Trimble: 'Give parties more time'

Lord Trimble, the former first minister of Northern Ireland has suggested that more time would be needed for the political parties at Stormont to find agreement in the wake of Friday's election results.  

Lord Trimble
BBC
Lord Trimble

Lord Trimble said: "At the end of those two weeks if there isn't an administration put in place then the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is on a legal obligation to dissolve the Assembly and have another general election which I doubt will get us anywhere."

Donaldson: 'Lessons need to be learned'

Assembly election results reaction

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, says "lessons need to be learned" within unionism after Friday's assembly election results. 

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP MP for Lagan Valley
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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP MP for Lagan Valley

Speaking on BBC Radio 5Live, the DUP MP for Lagan Valley said it was a "tight race" between the DUP and Sinn Fein. He also added that the "fracturing of unionism" did not serve his party well and that they now need to "listen to the concerns of the community."

Watch how it all unfolded

NI Assembly election

It was a day full of twists and turns, with some big names falling by the wayside.

South Belfast
BBC

Watch how the results came in throughout Friday.

Ó Muilleoir congratulates final MLA to be elected

Sinn Féin's Máirtín Ó Muilleoir congratulates the Green Party's Claire Bailey, the final MLA to be elected.

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Nesbitt steps down as UUP leader

NI Assembly election

While he retained his seat, Mike Nesbitt is probably the biggest casualty of the election, standing down as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.

Mike Nesbitt
BBC

You can watch his resignation speech here .

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NI Assembly election: reaction and analysis

Wakey wakey! Did you stay up late last night to watch all the high drama of the assembly election? All 90 MLAs have now been elected - follow BBC News NI's live page this morning for reaction and analysis to the results. 

Final results of 2017 NI Assembly election
BBC