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Political Status: Autonomous province of the United Kingdom under separate parliamentary regime established in 1921 but suspended March 30, 1972; coalition executive formed January 1, 1974; direct rule reimposed May 28, 1974; consultative Northern Ireland Assembly elected October 20, 1982, but dissolved by United Kingdom June 19, 1986; devolution of limited self-rule to (new) Northern Ireland Assembly and multiparty power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive effected December 2, 1999; direct rule reimposed February 11-May 30, 2000, for one day on August 11, 2001, for one day on September 22, 2001, and from October 15, 2002, until the return of limited self-rule upon the convening of a new assembly and election of a new executive on May 8, 2007, in accordance with the St. Andrews Agreement of October ...

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