BELFAST, March 27 The British government on
Monday gave Northern Ireland's largest political parties more
time to form a power-sharing regional government and said there
was no appetite for another election in the province.
"I think there are a few short weeks in which to resolve
matters," Britain's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
James Brokenshire told reporters.
Speaking after the passing of a three-week deadline to form
a new government following the March 2 election, he said there
was no appetite for a suspension of devolution and a return to
direct rule from London.
"I believe there is an overwhelming desire among the
political parties and the public here for strong and stable
devolved government," he said.
(Reporting by Ian Graham; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing
by William Schomberg)