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Blair Cancels Elections, Citing Threat of Chaos

From Times Wire Reports

British Prime Minister Tony Blair canceled Northern Ireland’s elections, saying deepening divisions among Catholic and Protestant voters threatened to bring “complete and total chaos.”

Blair said he planned to move the May 29 elections for Northern Ireland’s dissolved legislature to autumn.

But he warned the vote could be delayed longer if the outlawed Irish Republican Army doesn’t explicitly renounce violence, cease all hostile activities and disarm.


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