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N. Ireland Protestants Back Deal

November 27, 1999

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Overcoming hard-line colleagues and swallowing their own deep skepticism, senior members of Northern Ireland’s largest party voted today to back compromise plans for saving the Belfast peace accord.

The 480-349 vote of the Ulster Unionist Party’s governing council clears the way for the party leader, David Trimble, to try to form a new Protestant-Catholic government for Northern Ireland without waiting for the Irish Republican Army to start disarming.

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