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Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Section 5: Leadership of the Opposition

The Opposition will be led in accordance with this section. Where the Opposition is formed by one qualifying party, then that party will nominate a Leader of the Non-Executive Party.  Where the Opposition is formed by two or more qualifying parties, then the largest party must nominate a Leader of the Largest Non-Executive Party and the second largest party must nominate a Leader of the Second largest Non-Executive Party.  These names may be changed by standing orders.

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