Edwin Poots stands down as DUP Leader following internal revolt

Edwin Poots stands down as DUP Leader following internal revolt

Edwin Poots stands down as DUP Leader following internal revolt

Sinn Fein will nominate Michelle O'Neill as deputy First Minister at Stormont after party president Mary Lou McDonald said she received a commitment from the UK Government to legislate for Irish language protections at Westminster.

The DUP held an emergency meeting this afternoon in Belfast.

McDonald said on Twitter: "The British Govt has tonight agreed to legislate for Acht Gaeilge".

The British and Irish government, co-guarantors of the 1998 peace deal that ended 30 years of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland and introduced devolved government, welcomed the agreement between the two parties.

An October election would have been on the cards had a First Minister and Deputy First Minister not been nominated, but this scenario has now been averted.

"We have monumental challenges ahead that will require unity of objective and urgency".

McDonald added that the agreement with the United Kingdom government marked a "special moment" for Irish-language speakers.

Edwin Poots' reign as the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party sensationally came to an end on Thursday after just 21 days on the job. The pair also drove from Stormont House without speaking to the media.

Former DUP leader Arlene Foster's resignation as first minister on Monday set a seven-day clock running within which her successor, Lagan Valley MLA Mr Givan, must be appointed.

So far, Givan is now is expected to be sworn into office as the new first minister, with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill as deputy first minister.

Meanwhile, the DUP will nominate Paul Givan as First Minister.

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