Edwin Poots resigns as leader of the DUP

Andrew Cummings
June 18, 2021

The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots, announced on Thursday that he would step down, shortly after being elected to the post in May.

Edwin Poots has resigned as leader of the DUP.

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.

Mr Givan was officially confirmed as first minister, despite a majority of his party's assembly members and MPs rejecting his candidacy.

Regardless, Poots's remarkably short period as leader of the party has naturally become fodder for memes and jokes with many trying to put into context his short spell in the role with other historical events and his own beliefs.

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

Mr Poots was voted in as Arlene Foster's successor on May 14th, following a revolt against the former first minister instigated by supporters of Mr Poots.

Who will replace him as DUP leader?

"We'll have to wait and see what happens in relation to Paul Givan as First Minister". The deputy first minister, who, according to Northern Ireland law, should be from Sinn Fein, also stepped down.

"He's been selected and elected yesterday into that position, but so much has changed in those 24 hours that you have to say there's a lot of uncertainty".

Political turbulence comes amid growing dissatisfaction among Unionists in Northern Ireland following Brexit as, under the terms of the withdrawal agreement, a customs border has been established between the nation and the rest of the UK.

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".

"We will do everything we possibly can in a constructive way to facilitate a stable outcome here". "It's been a very hard time for the outgoing leader Edwin Poots but I think it's important that we maintain relationships".

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