Northern Ireland forms new govt 1 tweet at a time

May 14, 2011

(AP) -- Chalk up another first for Twitter: It's now helped to form a whole government.

The five parties in Northern Ireland's government took turns Friday picking the government departments they want to lead for the next four-year term. And they announced their choices to the world and each other live via the social .

The major Protestant party, the Democratic Unionists, went first and chose the powerful Finance Department. The Irish nationalist Sinn Fein went second and chose Education. Within a half-hour all 10 government ministries were parceled out.

It's reckoned to be the first time that any government has used as the vehicle for managing its formation.

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More information: Northern Ireland Executive live picks, sign/hash)!/niexecutive


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