Arlene Foster announces resignation as DUP leader and NI First Minister


Stormont (Image: William Murphy CC BY-SA 2.0). Arlene Foster (Image: Richter Frank-Jurgen CC BY-SA 2.0).

Arlene Foster has announced her resignation as the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and as First Minister of North Ireland on Wednesday (28 April), following an internal revolt.


Mrs Foster informed the Party Chairman of her intention to step down as leader of the DUP on 28 May and as First Minister of Northern Ireland at the end of June.


The move comes after more than twenty DUP Northern Ireland Assembly members and four MPs had signed a letter of no-confidence in her leadership.


Foster became DUP leader in December 2015, and was elected as First Minister a month later.


Foster was the first woman, and youngest individual, to hold both positions.

In her resignation statement, Foster said: "The future of unionism and Northern Ireland will not be found in division, it will only be found in sharing this place we all are privileged to call home."

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