NI: Northern Ireland Assembly elections now inevitable

NI: Northern Ireland Assembly elections now inevitable

Northern Ireland’s power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive has collapsed, making fresh elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly inevitable.

It follows the resignation last Tuesday of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who said he was resigning because First Minister Arlene Foster would not step aside while an investigation into the RHI scandal takes place.

During Assembly proceedings this morning, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) nominated Arlene Foster for First Minister.

However, Sinn Féin declined to nominate anyone for deputy First Minister, meaning the Executive cannot resume.

At 5pm, the onus will fall on Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire to call a fresh election in either February or March.

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