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Britain Strips N. Ireland of Power

August 10, 2001

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Britain stripped power from Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant government Friday, a maneuver that will give political parties six more weeks to break their impasse over Irish Republican Army disarmament.

Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid announced Britain had withdrawn authority from the administration and legislature effective at midnight local time, but might hand power back after consulting the Irish government on Saturday.

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