In what will go down as the shortest leadership in the parties history, Edwin Poots has resigned as DUP leader, less than a month after taking over from Arlene Foster.
Many within the DUP had become concerned with Mr Poots action in nominating a First Minister following the revelation an Irish Language act would be introduced by the UK government in October if the Assembly didn’t act.
This prompted an internal party meeting tonight at the DUP HQ which was attended by Mr Poots.
Edwin Poots said in a statement: “I have asked the Party Chairman to commence an electoral process within the Party to allow for a new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party to be elected.
“The Party has asked me to remain in post until my successor is elected. This has been a difficult 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.”