Stormont's snap election has significantly altered the make-up of Northern Ireland's devolved Assembly, with nationalism making major strides at the expense of unionists.
Following the results of the election, the parties will have three weeks to establish a government that will have to be run by both nationalists and unionists.
Though the DUP won, the party did so with a historically narrow margin, earning 28 seats to Sinn Fein's 27 - a dramatic change from the 10-seat advantage the DUP held over Sinn Fein going into the election.
Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists are on course to reinforce their grip on power at Stormont, with the republican party closing the gap on their unionist rivals.
McGuinness is not standing again due to ill health, and his successor as Sinn Fein's leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill, has signalled a possible way out.
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Although Sinn Féin has declined to comment on the nature of his illness, he is believed to be suffering from a genetic condition.
The U.K. may have to reimpose direct rule on the region if the two biggest parties can not agree to enter government together again.
Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain will leave the EU's single market and likely the customs union after Brexit, which would make the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the UK's only land border with the European Union.
Political parties in the North will meet today to begin talks on re-establishing a power-sharing executive. Unionist candidates, who tend to be favored by Protestants, captured less than half of the seats for the first time.
After her re-election, the DUP's outgoing first minister Arlene Foster said: "Let us now move forward with hope, hope that civility can return to our politics".
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Concern is growing for former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as it emerged he has spent the last two weeks in hospital. "Given their election result they've no reason to do so".
He told the BBC that she had the "full support" of her party and the election result was an "endorsement" of her leadership. On Thursday voters went to the polls for the second time in a year.
Turnout rose to 65% after last year's election, the highest since the first Assembly after the Good Friday agreement which established the power-sharing agreement between nationalists and unionists.
"Northern Ireland must be included in that, as well as Iraq".
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