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Edwin Poots resigns as DUP leader after three weeks in job

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Edwin Poots announces ministerial team

There has been several weeks of discontent within the DUP culminating in much dissatisfaction in the nomination by Minister Poots, of Paul Givan as First Minister this week.

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Following the commitment, McDonald said her party is nominating Michelle O'Neill as Deputy First Minister.

Mr Lewis had promised that Westminster would implement legislation to protect the Irish language if required, a key demand of the republican party, but Mr Poots's decision to agree to reconstituting the executive on these terms infuriated many in his party.

Ireland's largest nationalist party, the Sinn Féin party, insisted on a nomination involving the implementation of the cultural elements of a political agreement mediated by London and Dublin, and reinstated the administration three years later without delegation.

Both the Sinn Féin and DUP leaderships then nominated candidates, despite a significant majority of DUP members in the assembly wanting to delay the process.

Mr Poots, who took over as leader from Arlene Foster in May, had narrowly defeated Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in a leadership vote.

A perceived concession over Irish language legislation has been a bone of contention for DUP representatives. At the close of the meeting, Poots was spotted leaving but did not offer comment.

MP Sammy Wilson said the British government "must not interfere in devolved issues at the behest of Sinn Fein".

Mr Poots stood down after just 21 days in charge on Thursday evening, June 17.

Speaking in Dublin on Friday, Mr Martin said: "I think it is very important that we all work collectively on the island towards maintaining stability and calm heads and staying focussed on what is important to the people within Northern Ireland".

According to the statement, he would remain at the post until a successor is elected.

"This has been a hard period for the party and the country, and I have conveyed to the chairman my determination to do everything I can to ensure both unionism and Northern Ireland is able to move forward to a stronger place", he added.

"Whoever leads the DUP is a matter for that party".

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