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Edwin Poots resigns as DUP leader
Edwin Poots has resigned as DUP leader after an internal revolt over the restoration of the Stormont Assembly.

Earlier, elected party members strongly criticised a decision by the British government to promise to introduce Irish language legislation.

A majority of DUP Assembly members and MPs opposed nominating a First Minister.

They voted against Edwin Poots' decision to reconstitute the power-sharing Executive with Sinn Féin in an internal meeting just minutes before the process for nominating Stormont's leaders began downstairs in the chamber of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

It is understood that Mr Poots and his choice of First Minister, Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan, had left the room to head for the chamber just before the vote was taken.

One senior party source at the meeting, which happened in the members' dining room, described the atmosphere: "Dreadful. Utterly dreadful. Never experienced the like of it," said the source.

After leaving the meeting, Mr Poots nominated Mr Givan as First Minister while Sinn Féin renominated Michelle O'Neill as deputy First Minister at a specially convened Assembly sitting.

The DUP's ruling party officer team is meeting in Belfast this evening to discuss today's developments and Mr Poots' position as leader, just three weeks after he was confirmed as Arlene Foster's successor."



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 17th, 2021 at 08:44:55 PM EST
Could someone ask the new leader if it makes any sense to keep a separate North Ireland, now that the English Prime Minister is himself a Papist?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jun 18th, 2021 at 07:04:29 PM EST
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He is?

A quick search found this on Wikipedia, so apparently he is:

Johnson was baptised a Catholic and later confirmed into the Church of England,[53] but has stated that "his faith comes and goes"[616] and that he is not a serious practising Christian.[617] In 2020, his son Wilfred was baptised Catholic, prompting suggestions that Johnson had returned to Catholicism.[618] Johnson and Symonds married in a Catholic ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on 29 May 2021.[619] In order to be married in the Catholic Church, Johnson needed to have his two previous marriages proven to be invalid by reason of lack of canonical form. Since he was baptised Catholic but his previous weddings were not conferred by the Catholic Church, they are considered putatively invalid.[620][621]

Will they invite the Stuarts back next? Apparently the curent "king across the water" is Duke Franz of Bavaria though he isn't keen on claiming his title moving to England, which one can well understand.

by fjallstrom on Fri Jun 18th, 2021 at 07:33:30 PM EST
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